Trio sign, but Hunt and Fullarton reject new deals

Last updated : 02 June 2003 By
Somner: New
2-year deal
Brentford have been boosted with the news that three regular first teamers, Matt Somner, Jay Smith and Kevin O'Connor have all accepted new deals to keep them at Griffin Park.

The versatile Somner, who made 39 league appearances last term and 21-year-old Smith have agreed two-year deals whilst the hard working O'Connor has put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

However, influential wing man Stephen Hunt, together with midfielder Jamie Fullarton, have both rejected offers of new contracts and Bees chairman Eddie Rogers, speaking to the Hounslow Guardian has revealed both players citied a lack of money as the main reason in their decisions:

"Steve and Jamie felt they could not accept the terms we offered them and asked for more money. We've told them we can not afford to better these terms and they are now considering whether to accept them or go to other clubs.

"But Republic of Ireland international Kevin O'Connor has agreed a new three-year deal, while Matt Somner and Jay Smith are signing two-year contracts. It is a tribute to our youth policy that we've developed players of this calibre who are now the lifeblood of the club".

Meanwhile, the club hope impressive defender, Ibrahima Sonko, will extend his contract by a further year after the club informed the Senegal U21 player that they would be taking up the one year option on his current deal.