Sodje's promotion vow
By Tom Latchem
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Sodje insists Brentford have shugged off last season's play-off heartache.
Sam Sodje insists Brentford have shugged off last season's play-off heartache and are ready for another assault on League One.
The Griffin Park club missed out on promotion via the play-offs, losing out to eventual winners Sheffield Wednesday at the first hurdle.
Manager Martin Allen has strengthened and Sodje believes everything is in place to step into The Championship.
"I personally think we will win promotion this season," the 26-year old told skysports.com at Andy Scott's testimonial against Leyton Orient on Wednesday.
"The gaffer just told us to forget about last season's near miss and to bounce back. Hopefully we will do even better this season.
"We've got some new players in - good players - so we are all looking forward to it."
Sodje featured for the full 90 minutes against Orient, in his first game of the pre-season. The former Margate defender has been suffering with a virus and was relieved to be back playing.
He added: "I struggled a little bit. It has been hard not being well but I am getting better now.
"I've been having trouble breathing. It is a bit like a cold and I haven't been able to sleep very well but hopefully I am over the worst of it."