Mac thinks big for Bees

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Brentford striker Charlie MacDonald has revealed he would like to repay manager Andy Scott's faith in him by scoring the goals that win League Two promotion.

The 27-year-old former Ebbsfleet Town man completed his protracted move from Southend United last week having been tracked by the Bees boss for more than 12 months.

The Shrimpers finally accepted Scott's third offer for a player he first approached as an assistant to former Griffin Park chief Terry Butcher last summer.

And MacDonald, who turned down Scunthorpe United and the Bees for Southend last year, admits it was the manager's persistence - and his success last season - that saw him choose west London this time around.

"When Andy took over as manager the club went on a good run and only faded towards the end, having just missed a play-off spot," he said.

"He came to watch me several times and was on at my agent several times a week. To be wanted like that is a massive plus.

"As a player you want to be loved by your manager and at the moment he is showing that bit of love for me. I just want to score goals now.

"I've always said that if I get the chances in front of goal I will find the back of the net.

I stand by that and I want to repay Andy's faith in me by scoring the goals that hopefully get us promoted."

MacDonald played the first forty minutes of Friday's 2-0 friendly defeat to Championship visitors Ipswich Town, before being substituted with a head injury.

Scott unveiled fellow new faces Leigh Mills, Ben Hamer, Moses Ademola, Marcus Bean, Sam Wood, Marvin Williams plus trialists Brett Johnson, in a first-half that finished all square.

The Bees have a youthful looking squad for the coming campaign with 20-year-old Karleigh Osborne and 20-year-old Tottenham loanee Leigh Mills the only specialist centre-backs.

But the south London-based MacDonald insists it will not be a problem when the campaign finally gets under way.

"I've been surprised how young the squad is, but I've been very pleased with the standard of football in training," he added.

"We've got some young players, but the manager has been clever by bringing in a few experienced players like me to mix things in.

"Manchester United brought all those youngsters through and have been winning titles ever since. I don't see this as any different.

"Age is just a number. If you are good enough, you are old enough."

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