In discussion with Get West London, Brentford captain and central defender Harlee Dean says the club have been ‘punching above their weight’ for a while now, but believes the future will be even brighter for the football club.
The 25-year-old highlighted the fanbase, budget and stadium compared to many other teams in the Sky Bet Championship. Brentford ended the campaign in mid-table, finishing higher in the table than the likes of Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers.
A new stadium on Lionel Road is likely to be ready in time for 2019 and that is the time where Brentford feel as though they’ll be consistently capable of challenging for a place in the Premier League. Dean says he and everyone at the club understand the situation for now, but is adamant that they are a very good team too,
“For a club like Brentford with the fanbase, stadium and wage structure we’re punching above out weight.
“We’re overachieving but we know we’re a good team and 10th, mid table, is where Brentford will be for the foreseeable and it’s good. It’s not a bad thing.”
Dean competed in 45 games last season for the Bees, however he will be forced to sit out the opening game of the new campaign. A red card on the final day of the season against now relegated Blackburn Rovers will mean he watches the opening clash from the stands. He has been a virtual ever-present at the heart of the Brentford defence for a few years now and is highly-rated by head coach Dean Smith.