Ireland's Alan Judge signs new contract with Brentford
Brentford winger and Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge has signed a new two-year deal with the Bees that will keep him at Griffin Park until the end of the 2019 season.
Judge, who has not played since last April after fracturing both his tibia and fibula in a 3-1 win over Ispwich Town, the same injury Ireland captain Seamus Coleman suffered on Friday against Wales, is reportedly nearing a return to training after nearly a year on the sidelines.
With both Newcastle United and Chris Hughton's Brighton both showing interest in the player, Brentford manager Dean Smith said that he was delighted to secure the Dubliner's services for at least another two seasons.
"I am really pleased that Alan has committed his immediate future to us," Brentford manager Dean Smith told the club's official website.
"He has been an integral member of the squad since he joined and has played a massive part in the recent success of the football club.
"He is close to a full recovery from the terrible injury he suffered and we will certainly reap the benefits when he returns to the standards he was setting in the Championship prior to the injury, which earned him his first full international cap and plaudits from managers and peers from within the Championship.
"It is a great boost to the staff, the squad and supporters that his future remains at Brentford."
Judge scored 14 goals in 39 appearances last season and contributed 16 assists before his season was cut short away at Ipswich.