Josh Clarke is taking nothing for granted – despite starting all three of Brentford's games so far this season.

The right-sided utility man made his debut three years ago, but it was only last season that he started to make his mark – impressing while filling in for Maxime Colin at the start of the campaign before bagging two more starts and a handful of sub appearances at the tail end of it.

Having penned a new two-year deal over the summer, Clarke again filled in for the injured Colin at Huddersfield and Exeter and retained his place in the side, despite Colin's return, being shifted up to the right wing for Saturday's win over Ipswich.

Getting forward: Clarke in action against Ipswich

Manager Dean Smith has made clear his desire to bring in at least one, possibly two, wide players before the end of August, but in the meantime, Clarke intends to make the most of the chance to stake a claim.

He said: “Hopefully this can be a breakthrough season for me. I'll just keep working hard, remain humble and see what happens.

“I'm not really going to look at who's in my position or who I'm competing with. I'm just trying to improve myself, and if the gaffer trusts me to play, I'll be delighted.

Rival for the shirt: Maxime Colin

“I can't say anything really about who might or might not be coming in. Obviously they might be a bit more experienced than me, but I've just got to keep working and improving.

“Anything can happen if you get your head down, and I don't mind what position I play. Being on the wing gives me the gives me freedom to attack and get at my opponent, but I'm a very attacking full back anyway.”

Meanwhile, Smith said after the game that Clarke needs to work on what he does when he gets past players if he is to retain his place in the side.

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He added: “Clarkey done well. His decision making needs to be better, but he knows that. He got in behind them a couple of times, but better decision making is needed.

“His pace can cause teams problems and he can get in behind, he just needs to be more composed when he gets around people.

“Josh came here as a wide right player, but he will tell you he's challeging Maxime for the right back slot as well – he can do both.”