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2.Bundesliga side recruit Brentford midfielder on loan

Brentford midfielder Konstantin Kerschbaumer has signed for DSC Arminia Bielefeld on a season-long loan. The Austrian has struggled for game time at Griffin Park over the past year, and has elected to link up with the 2.Bundesliga outfit.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Bees since joining from FC Admira Wacker Modling. Since then he has started 27 Championship matches, making a further 23 league appearances from the bench. Kerschbaumer now heads off to join up with his new teammates for pre-season training.

Speaking on the news of the temporary move, Brentford head coach Dean Smith felt that it was a sensible move which benefits all parties,

“When we reviewed last season, Kersch was obviously disappointed with the lack of game time during the first two thirds of the season and was looking for guarantees for this season. With the quality we have in the squad, we cannot guarantee game time for anyone. I fully understood his concerns, that at his age he needs to be playing regular football and we felt it was in the best interests of both Kersch and the club that he went out on loan somewhere to get the game time he desires.

“We have allowed him to join Arminia Bielefeld on loan so he can get the games he needs. Playing regular matches will keep his development going, not playing regularly could stall his progress and we do not want that. He is a player we still have high hopes for.”

Smith will be hoping that he has a similar outcome like star forward Jota did. He spent time out on loan with Eibar, before returning to end last season playing some of his best football in a Brentford jersey.

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