Friday 15 December 2017

Ireland star Judge won't flee the Bees' nest

Brentford’s Alan Judge Photo: Sportsfile
Brentford’s Alan Judge Photo: Sportsfile

Brentford's in-demand Irish midfielder Alan Judge has ruled out a move away from the London club before the transfer window closes tomorrow and he insists he will see out the season with the Bees.

Dubliner Judge has attracted the attention of rival Championship teams on the back of his form this season - only three players have scored more goals in the Championship this term - and bids were lodged by Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday early last month. Promotion-chasing Burnley were very keen but they were frightened off by Brentford's price tag of €10million, and Judge now says he expects to remain a Bee.

"It has been flattering to be linked with other clubs, but I will be staying at Brentford this month," Judge said.

"I want to focus on the rest of the season and do my best to try and help the team finish as high up the table as possible. I enjoy working under the manager and love the support I get from the fans and hopefully we can all enjoy a good end to the season."

With Judge closing the door on a possible move away, the last hours of the transfer window are likely to be quiet from an Irish point of view, though Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady still hope to secure loan moves away from Everton. Former U21 cap Joe Mason, who moved from Cardiff City to Wolves in a £3million deal, is likely to be the only Irish-related move for a fee.

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