Dean Smith has expressed his sympathy for Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham and will consider a loan move for him in January.

The former Watford man has only featured in the EFL Cup defeat to Exeter earlier this season with Daniel Bentley preferred as number one.

Bonham, himself, has admitted he feels his career is in limbo and could do with games in order to keep his skills sharp.

And Smith has conceded that the current loan system, which prevents goalkeepers moving on loan unless in an emergency, does Bonham no favours.

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He said: “I think Jack is a really good goalkeeper and he's been pushing Daniel Bentley and he's done extremely well.

“He does need to play games and if something did turn up I'd encourage Jack to play. The current loan system doesn't help him.”

Bonham has tasted defeat in every game he has featured in senior league football although most of his matches have had bizarre circumstances.

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The goalkeeper was not even selected on the bench when Watford faced Leeds in 2013 but injuries to Manuel Almunia and Jonathan Bond led him to come on as a substitute.

After moving to Brentford, he replaced the sent off David Button at Bradford later that year as well as featuring in a 5-0 defeat at Derby where Uwe Rosler played a much changed side.

Bonham had a good game against Brighton in the FA Cup in 2015 but, behind a weak defence against Oxford later that year, conceded four.

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