New deals for Bees duo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brentford are close to finalising new deals for Sam Sodje and Jamie Lawrence.Brentford have agreed a new contract with Sam Sodje, while Jamie Lawrence has been offered a fresh deal at Griffin Park.
Sodje has proved an astute signing for the League One side since he was brought to the club from Margate last summer.
The defender has been a virtual ever-present this season and Bees boss Martin Allen confirmed the negotiations had been fruitful.
"It was a calculated gamble in the summer to take him but he has made the step up and become a firm favourite at the football club," Allen told Brentford's official website.
"I believe he can get better and I know with his attitude and my help he will continue to improve his game."
Meanwhile, Allen has rewarded veteran midfielder Lawrence with a three-month contract extension at Griffin Park.
Lawrence joined the club in September but his present deal is due to expire at the end of January, with Allen keen to keep the 34-year-old.
He added: "This will also show the other players that I will look after them no matter what."