Charlie MacDonald admits he's gutted to be missing playing against the team where he spent 'the best years of his career' on Sunday.
The home side, newly promoted to the National League (formerly the Conference), only yesterday snapped up MacDonald following his release by last year's Conference champions, Barnet.
But the 34 year old striker, who has also played for MK Dons, Leyton Orient and Oldham since leaving Griffin Park, will be sidelined with a knee injury.
He said: “I don't think I will be involved on Sunday as I've just had a major knee operation and I'm just finishing my rehab. It's gutting, but although it's nice to play against your former clubs, it's more important to be fit for the start of the new season. I did get to play against Brentford for Barnet last pre-season too.
“From what I have seen so far, Boreham Wood are a good young team and very energetic. I'm not sure what kind of team Brentford will bring, but we gave Luton a decent game this week (they held the League Two side to a 1-1 draw) and will not make it easy for Brentford.
“They were by far the best years of my career at Brentford. I miss the club and didn't want to leave, but at my age I felt I needed to be playing regularly. It didn't look like I was going to play much under Uwe Rosler, despite being our top scorer during pre-season. It was purely a footballing decision, but I look at them now and wonder what if?
“They have come on leaps and bounds since I was there. We won League Two and were comfortable in League One, but they are on another level now. They are dear to my heart, I always take an interest and look at their results.”
MacDonald left the Bees just as a new era under Rosler was starting to blossom, but has been taken by surprise at how quickly the club has grown since then, and insists there was no sign of what was to come four years ago.
He added: “It's interesting what they're doing now with the Moneyball thing. The owner has taken them to another level, he is very ambitious and wants to see the club in the Premier League. Getting to the play-offs was a fantastic achievement, and with a year in the Championship under their belts I think they will do well again.
“I didn't see it coming as I didn't stay long enough. You could see things were starting to happen as they were putting a good side together, but I didn't expect things to progress as quickly as they have, and it has been a great progression. It showed a great mentality to put the play-off defeat to Yeovil behind them, and I would back them to do it again.”