Nico Yennaris spent five impressive years at Brentford.
In that time the midfielder made 157 appearances for the Bees, scoring 12 goals and creating eight more in a period which established him as a real fans’ favourite.
After starting his career with Arsenal as a youngster the East London lad moved to Griffin Park at the age of 19 as he looked to kickstart his career in the professional game.
That move came in January 2014 and it didn’t take long for Yennaris to get his first taste of glory after securing promotion from League One in his first season at the club.
I’m delighted to announce I’ve signed for Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC as a Chinese citizen. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to play in the birth country of my mother and grandparents. Lastly, big thanks to @AreteLtd for helping make all this happen 👊🏽🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/boLWtSfWUv
— Nico Yennaris (@Nico_Yennaris) January 31, 2019
Yennaris was a first team regular for the Bees for much of his time at the club and that was enough to earn him a move to the Chinese Super League with Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
The move came just six months before the midfielder made history as the first naturalised player to be called up by the China national team.
Since moving to to Beijing Yennaris has done exceedingly well.
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Making 44 appearances for his new club, the 27-year-old has very much established himself as a regular in the starting XI for the high-flyers.
Guoan finished second overall in the 2019 Chinese Super League, while this year they’ve finished second once again in Super League Group B.
Of course this term has been heavily impacted by the ongoing global pandemic but Yennaris will be delighted at how his move to China has panned out so far.
At 27 the midfielder is very much in his prime years at the moment.
Whether he’ll see fit to move back to England before the end of his career remains to be seen, but given the success that he’s enjoying with his naturalised nation you could hardly blame him for enjoying the success that comes with player for the Chinese high-flyers.