Brentford's Harlee Dean and Nico Yennaris sign new long-term deals
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 16/02/16 7:24pm
Harlee Dean and Nico Yennaris have pledged their future to Brentford by signing new contracts.
Long-serving centre back Dean was due to be out of contract in the summer, but his new deal will keep him at the Sky Bet Championship club until the summer of 2018.
The 24-year-old has been a Brentford player since 2012, having spent most of the 2011-12 season with the Bees on loan from Southampton.
Coach Dean Smith told the club's website: "I am really pleased that Harlee has committed himself to the club. It gives us all a great boost as he has been an integral part of the success on the playing field over the last couple of years.
"We can all forget very quickly that he is still a young player who has further scope for improvement and he has shown that he wants to develop further both as a player and as a leader. I am looking forward to working with him for the foreseeable future."
Arsenal product Yennaris has been utilised in defence and midfield this season, having been sent out on loan to Wycombe for the second half of 2014-15, and his new deal ties him to the club until 2019.
Smith added of the 22-year-old: "It is great news that Nico has pledged his immediate future to the club. Nico has shown himself to be very diligent in his approach to his profession.
"He has shown that he wants to further develop and is keen to establish himself within the first team. I believe that he can go on to play a lot of matches for Brentford and he is keen to continue the recent success of the club."