David Hunt has credited Brentford for helping change his life for the better.
The former midfielder joined the club from Shrewsbury in January 2009 and helped the Bees to the League Two title that year.
That title triumph was just the start of the west London side's rise through the leagues that, just eight years later, has seen them secure three top 10 finishes in the Championship.
And Hunt, who was having difficulties prior to joining the Bees, remains proud to have been a part of what he described as a 'proper club'
He said: “I had a real low time in football and then I signed for Brentford and my life changed again.
“I came to a proper club and it's gone from strength to strength and I'm proud to say I've been a part of that.”
The former Crystal Palace man helped lead the celebrations as Brentford triumphed 3-1 at Darlington to clinch the League Two title.
He reflected: “You can't replicate that. I'll never forget Darlington away with the boys. I saw a picture the other day and I've got to buy the 125 years book.
“It was a party bus back and then everyone was at The Griffin afterwards. What was very special was it's a London club.
“I'm from London, they made my family feel welcome. I had good times, even when we weren't playing well. It's a proper club.”
Despite leaving the club in 2011, Hunt still keeps in touch with his friends at the club and is delighted to see them go from strength to strength.
He explained: “I keep in touch with the boys and come down every now and then. I'm going to speak to Big Bob Oteng and Sammy Saunders, although he's gone now.
“They've been brilliant. They've got a great structure in place. It's nice and satisfying to watch them progress in the way they have.”