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O'Connor extends Bees stays

Brentford have confirmed that club captain Kevin O'Connor has signed a new one-year contract.

The versatile 32-year-old, who made his Bees debut in 2000 and is closing in on 500 appearances, will also take on coaching duties at Griffin Park.

Manager Mark Warburton told the club website: "I am delighted that Kevin O'Connor will be extending his contract with the club and indeed will be assuming additional responsibilities as he looks to begin his coaching career.

"Kevin will continue his playing career but combine his training and playing duties with his pursuit of the relevant coaching licences and spending time working with both the first team and academy staff.

"Kevin has seen so much significant change at the club and yet has maintained his exceedingly high standards throughout and it is this outstanding quality that we need to keep at Brentford.

"We will work closely with Kevin on a day-to-day basis and ensure he is given every opportunity to build a solid foundation for the next stage of his career.

"However, it is important for me to stress that he will remain a valuable member of the playing squad and his immediate focus will be on preparing himself for competition as and when he is selected. "