Sodje set for Bees departure
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brentford defender Sam Sodje has revealed his intentions to quit the club this summer.
Brentford defender Sam Sodje has revealed his intention to quit the club this summer.
The 25-year-old has seen the club disintegrate around him following the departure of manager Martin Allen and a number of out-of-contract stars, while midfielder Jay Tabb has handed in a transfer request.
Sodje turned down a move to Southampton last summer, hoping to play in The Championship with Brentford, but after play-off defeat to Swansea in May, he has now decided he may have to move on to further his career.
"Martin would not settle for second best and I am the same. Like Martin, my contract at Brentford has a year to go, but I think one or two clubs are interested in me and Brentford might welcome the fee I could fetch," Sodje told the Richmond & Twickenham Times.
"It will be up to Brentford, but I need to play at the highest level. If a club from a higher division wanted me I'd be interested, but I turned down a move to Southampton last season because I felt it wasn't right.
"I won't be moving just for the sake of it, but I am ambitious and want to further my career.
"With Jay (Tabb) also wanting to go and several players being released, we are seeing the break-up of the team that came so close to promotion.
"We worked hard to get into the play-offs in the past two seasons and were so disappointed to go out in the semi-finals. I need a challenge and, hopefully, I will be able to get that."