PAUL Hayes wants to stay at Brentford and fight for his place in the first team.
The former Charlton frontman has been left out of the squad for the past two games, but bagged a brace for the development side in yesterday's 2-1 win against Bristol City.
Hayes is way down the pecking order at Griffin Park following the summer signings of Will Grigg and Conor McAleny .
The 29-year-old spent a spell on loan at Crawley Town last season, but insists he wants to battle for his spot in TW8.
He said: “I've been disappointed not to be involved recently but you've got to get your head down, work hard and when you get your chance you've got to take it.
“We've got a big squad with plenty of forwards, but you've got to back your ability. I've been left out for the past two games, which is hard to take, but that's football.
“There's a lot of games coming up. Whenever I'm selected I'll be ready to do my best for the team.”
Hayes staked a claim for a place on the bench against Walsall at the weekend with his double over the Robins.
Bees boss Uwe Rosler said: “I've got a tough decision. I have five strikers available and the four who have been involved recently have justified their place in the squad.
“I saw the development game yesterday and will judge every player on his commitment and performances before selecting my squad for the weekend.”
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