THREE years ago he was playing in the Sussex County League, but Brentford new-boy Leon Legge has got what it takes to get to the top.
So reckons former boss Tommy Warrilow, who helped kickstart the 24-year-old’s career with Tonbridge Angels after being dumped by Lewes last year.
The powerful centre-half (pictured), who has signed a one-year’s deal with the option of a further year with the Bees, started his career with minnows Little Common before moves to Sussex League outfits Eastbourne United and Hailsham Town.
A unsuccessful stint with Lewes followed, but Warrilow worked wonders with the Hastings-born defender at Angels last season.
He made 39 appearances for the Ryman Premier outfit, scoring 10 goals, before Brentford boss Andy Scott took a punt on him.
And Warrilow reckons Legge has got all the attributes to go all the way in the game.
He said: "Aerially, he’s very strong, and he’ll only get better.
"Leon’s comfortable with the ball at his feet too, and is really energetic.
"He reminds me of Leon Court and Danny Shittu, and ticks all the right boxes."
Brentford fought off competition from Watford, Southend, Millwall and Dagenham for Legge’s signature, paying a nominal fee plus potential add-ons to Tonbridge.
And Warrilow is glad he chose to ply his trade in west London.
"He had a game with Millwall last season, but they weren’t willing to commit themselves because they were challenging at the top of League One," he said.
"But I had good feedback from Andy and Brentford, and think he can make a go of it there."
There were question marks over Legge’s temperament from some Bees fans after two sendings off in three games last year.
Warrilow added: "It was just naivety. He just pulled a player down when they were through on goal.
"He’s got no problem with discipline."
Bees fans can grab their first glimpse of Legge and the other new signings when Brentford visit Staines Town on Saturday.
Andy Scott’s side make the annual trip to Wheatsheaf Park to take on Steve Cordery’s boys.
Admission is £10 for adults, £5 for seniors and U15s, and £6 for students with valid ID.