SIMON Moore is ready to be challenging for a first team spot, according to Brentford boss Andy Scott.
The young keeper was snapped up last summer, having previously been playing football on the Isle of Wight, after impressing in some pre-season friendlies.
As third choice keeper behind Lewis Price and Nikki Bull, and then fourth choice when Wojciech Szczensy came in on loan Moore was restricted to just one substitute appearance.
But having played in both of Brentford’s friendlies against Tonbridge Angels and Wycombe Wanderers this week, Scott feels Moore is ready to wrestle the number one jersey off Richard Lee.
He said: "Simon came on in the last game of last season, and I don’t see why he can’t be challenging for a first team spot regularly. He has played well when given the chance and looks good in training."
However, Scott insisted Lee’s absence from the Tonbridge and Wycombe games were no reflection on the five goals he conceded on his debut against Fulham.
He added: "I wanted to give both Richard and Simon 90 minutes against both league and non-league opposition, which is why after Richard played against Fulham, we took a look at Simon against Tonbridge and Wycombe.
"With keepers, I see little point in giving them half a game each and chopping and changing. We want to give them both as much game time as possible, and get them playing full games."