Saunders targets promotion push
Sam Saunders is determined to fire Brentford into the Championship next season after narrowly missing out on this year's play-offs.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 08/05/12 3:39pm
Brentford winger Sam Saunders is determined to fire the club into the Championship next season after narrowly missing out on this year's play-offs.
The Bees finished six points adrift of the top six in League One, despite a strong end to the campaign with just two defeats from their last 10 outings.
Former Dagenham & Redbridge wide-man Saunders has found his best form since moving to Griffin Park in 2009, with 12 goals and nine assists, and the 28-year-old says everyone at the club is focused on coming back stronger for next term.
"The gaffer has brought in a different philosophy and type of training methods and they have paid off this year," Saunders told Sky Sports.
"Obviously, the gaffer is still learning too, with this his first season in League One, but everybody has learned from this year and it gives us a chance to try to eradicate the mistakes over the summer and go again in August.
"We've got a lot of young loan players here at the moment, so hopefully we will be able to keep a few of them on board because I feel that they've strengthened us as a unit.
"They can only get better after the experience gained from this year and I really feel that we can have a go for promotion next season.
"That was a major factor in me extending my contract here because I want to be a part of it.
"It has been my third year at Brentford and probably my most successful because I never really got a fair chance under Andy Scott.
"However, when Nicky Forster came in I played almost every week and the gaffer now has played me consistently when I'm fit this year.
"I've really enjoyed it under Uwe Rosler and that was why I signed a new deal because I'm settled in the area and it is a club that I can see having a bright future.
"There are a lot of teams in League One that are tightening their belts and cutting budgets, but Brentford have done well to maintain the gaffer's funds and allowed him to build a strong side, which I'm sure will be enhanced further in the summer.
"I didn't want to leave Brentford and then look at what they get up to next season and find out that I've missed out on being part of something special."