Andre Gray paid tribute to the impact Mark Warburton has had on his development and will miss the Brentford boss when he leaves the club at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old striker, who has 17 goals in all competitions this season, has been a hit for the Bees since joining the club from Luton in the summer.

And Gray, who won player of the month in November, has been thankful to both Warburton and assistant David Weir.

The striker said: “He’s been massive. I went through a drought after I scored my first two goals where I didn’t score for eight or nine games and I think at a lot of teams I would have had to come out of the team and sometimes I did expect that.

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“But he showed massive belief in me and after every game I sat down with Dave and we went through my parts of the game and it wasn’t as bad as it seemed.

“Obviously strikers are there to score goals but I’m was still affecting the game and doing the right things and it was just a case of the penny dropping for me and getting the ball in the net. I don’t think I’ve looked back since.”

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Gray will be working for a new manager next season after Warburton and Weir elected to leave over Matthew Benham's change in structure at the club and the striker will be sad to say goodbye to the manager.

He added: “It’s disappointing for everyone. It didn’t come at the right time and I think we got through the rut of that first week.

“If anyone watched that Watford game then I didn’t think we deserved to lose and I don’t think anyone can look back and say we lost that because of what happened.

“It was just bad luck in that game because we still went 1-0 up and after that we’ve had meetings about it and everyone sat there and said we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“Everybody knows what the situation is. He’s here until the end of the season and if anything it made us stronger and it made us all come together even that little bit more and that’s made the difference.”

But, before that time comes, Gray could help provide the greatest parting gift of a promotion to the Premier League.

Brentford host Middlesbrough in the Championship play-offs with the chance to play for a place in the top flight the prize on offer.

He added: “I can't wait. The quicker it comes the better. Everyone is buzzing. I think we're enjoying it a bit more now. It is just a case of putting it all in.”