SIMON Brown is ready to challenge for a first-team place if he stays at Brentford FC next season.
The former Colchester and Hibernian keeper became something of a forgotten man at Griffin Park last season, with Ben Hamer almost an ever-present.
Having made just 27 appearances in two years, being placed on the transfer list last summer and shipped out on loan to Darlington last season, Bees fans thought they seen the last of Brown.
And so it came as some surprise when boss Andy Scott offered him a new deal at Brentford last month.
Scott decided he wants three keepers next season - a number one, a young prospect to challenge for number one, and Brown.
With Hamer unlikely to return for a third loan spell, Brown isn’t prepared to throw in the first-team towel just yet if he signs on the dotted line.
He said: "If I’m still on the playing staff, I want to challenge for a first-team spot. I wouldn’t be content with just playing second or third fiddle.
"We’re in talks at the moment, and a coaching role has been discussed. But I’m only 32 and feel I still have plenty of playing years left in me.
"Andy Scott has said I’m good to have around, even when I’m not playing. But that’s just me - I’ll always offer help and advice to other players.
"But he hasn’t asked my advice on what keepers to sign. Andy has his own list and knows exactly what he’s looking for."