Brentford winger Josh Clarke has signed a new one-year contract with the Championship-bound club.
The 19-year-old was promoted to The Bees senior squad as the 2013-14 season reached its conclusion, and made his league debut for the West London outfit in their penultimate match of the campaign against Colchester United.
Clarke, whose other first-team appearances so far came in August’s League Cup loss to Derby County and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Peterborough United in October, only completed his two-year scholarship at Griffin Park last summer, and has left a positive impression on his manager.
“Josh has made significant progress in a short period of time,” Mark Warburton told Brentford’s official website.
“Not having the benefit of an early Academy education, he has had to work exceptionally hard to adapt to this level of football, to broaden his knowledge and understanding of the game and most importantly, to learn how best to maximise the outstanding natural attributes that he possesses.
“The fact that Josh has now fully joined our First Team squad is testament indeed to his work ethic, desire and determination to make a career in the game.
Clarke will be part of a Brentford side who are returning to the second tier for the first time since 1993 following their promotion from League One last term.
They were runners-up to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third tier, 12 months after Doncaster Rovers (on the final day of the season) and Yeovil Town (in the play-off final) denied them a place in the Championship.