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‘Cracking news’ – This Brentford signing turned out to be a valuable asset, but not in the way these fans expected

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After the heartbreak of missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship to Doncaster Rovers on the final day of the 2012/13 season and then losing to Yeovil Town in the playoff final, Brentford set about building a squad that could get over the line this time around. 

But they were still not keen to splash the cash too recklessly, with 14 new faces arriving either on a free deal or on loan from another club. 

In fact, their most expensive signing of the summer cost just under £350,000.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

A certain Will Grigg is the man in question this time around.

Long before his name was the anthem of the summer in 2016, the Northern Irishman was scoring an impressive 19 goals in 41 League One matches for Walsall.

This caught the eye of Uwe Rosler and Grigg was identified as the man who could hopefully push the Bees into the Championship.

The fans were very happy with his arrival as well:

But Grigg was to have very little direct impact for the North London club, scoring just five times in his first campaign as the Bees were promoted to the Championship.

The following season he found himself out on loan with MK Dons and back in the third tier of football.

He scored twice in Karl Robinson’s side’s iconic 4-0 win against Manchester United at Stadium MK and began to show his prowess in the league as well.

A 20 goal haul earned him a big money move to freshly relegated Wigan Athletic the following summer for £1.27million.

So despite never kicking on and impressing at Griffin Park, Grigg certainly became a valuable asset for the Bees.


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Article title: ‘Cracking news’ – This Brentford signing turned out to be a valuable asset, but not in the way these fans expected

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