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Brentford new boy outlines ambitions after sealing move from Exeter

The 21-year-old ended a 10-year association with the Grecians as he completed a move to Griffin Park on a four year deal

Ollie Watkins is thankful for the opportunity Brentford have given him to shine in the Championship as he paid tribute to Exeter.

The 21-year-old ended a 10-year association with the Grecians as he completed a move to Griffin Park on a four year deal.

And he explained that the decision was down to the chance to step up to the second tier.

“Players always want to test themselves at the highest level they can,” Watkins told the Grecians' official website.

“That is the aim. I want to play at the highest level I can for as long as I can and Brentford have given me that opportunity and I am very grateful to them for that.

“I have to be very thankful to the coaching and academy staff at Exeter as well.

Big future: Ollie Watkins (L)

“I have had so many good people around me at that club and I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me since I joined when I was 11. I have been really well looked after. I have been treated very well and Exeter will always have a very special place in my heart.”

Watkins also paid tribute to the Grecians fans and will be supporting them from afar.

“I will definitely look out for Exeter’s results,” he said. “I have made a lot of friends there, friends which I will have for a lifetime. And just because I won’t be playing for the same team doesn’t make the relationship I have with the people there any different.

“I’m planning to go back to Exeter as often as I can to watch some of their games, when I get time off, and hopefully the boys will go on to get promoted because they are a great bunch of lads and they are more than capable of going up.

“The fans, they treated me well through good times and some not so good times and that is big part of it. They made me feel very special.”

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