Brentford boss Thomas Frank is confident new signing Pontus Jansson can prove to be the vital cog in his side’s play-off push this season.

The Sweden international arrived from Championship rivals Leeds United for a reported fee in the region of £5.5 million and penned an initial three-year deal after completing a medical in London.

Jansson was a stalwart figure at Elland Road and scored three goals in 39 league appearances last season as the Whites narrowly missed out on promotion after finishing third in the league.

The capture of the 28-year-old – who has 22 caps for his country – represents something of a coup for the Bees and Frank is under no illusions about the quality he will be bring to Griffin Park.

He said: “We are very pleased with Pontus’ arrival.

“The defence is an area that we have been looking to strengthen and we feel that Pontus will bring a lot to the group.

“He is a top defender, who brings immense professionalism, a great attitude, experience, defensive robustness, leadership qualities, and threat from set pieces to our side.

“Everyone knows about the Brentford model but to develop the young players we have here, we also need experience and quality in the squad to get the perfect balance.

“Pontus will add to the quality and competition for places that we need to adapt to different situations over the course of the season.

“To have someone with his CV turn down other offers to join us shows where we stand as a club now.”

Jansson becomes Brentford’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrival of goalkeeper David Raya, midfielder Christian Norgaard and fellow defender Ethan Pinnock.

He will fly out to join his new team-mates on their pre-season training camp in Austria on Tuesday as the Bees squad continue their preparations ahead of their Championship opener at home to Birmingham City on August 3.

Co-director of football Phil Giles admits Jansson wasn’t a player who was initially on the club’s radar but he is excited about how he will contribute to the side’s efforts in the upcoming season.

He said: “Pontus is not a player we have been tracking for some time.

“In fact, it was only very recently that we were alerted to his availability and reacted quickly to the opportunity.

“It says a lot about Pontus that he chose to sign for Brentford as much as we chose to sign him.

“There is a mutual feeling that we can be successful together, and we wish him well during his time with us.”