ANDY Scott has told new-boy Richard Lee he'll be Brentford's number one next season.
The Bees boss made the 27-year-old keeper his first signing of the summer on Monday when he made the switch from Championship outfit Watford.
Lee joined the Hornets as a 10-year-old, but spent several seasons warming the bench since making his debut against Preston in 2003, limiting him to just 110 appearances.
Scott told the Chronicle recently that he was in the market for two keepers following the departure of Nikki Bull , and admitted he could bring another loanee again after the success of Ben Hamer and Wojciech Szczesny in previous years.
But he has made it clear Lee will be the main man between the sticks at Griffin Park
"I was offered a new contract at Watford," said Lee, "but for the last two years I've been a bit-part player.
"I've previosuly had a season out injured with a broken arm, and spent another year out on loan at Blackburn where I didn't play.
"So when I spoke to Andy Scott the lure of first-team football was too good to turn down."
Lee had to drop down a division to move to Griffin Park.
But he insists he's come to help the Bees mount a promotion challenge next season as he bids to make a quick return to the Championship.
He added: "The boys have done great in the past two seasons, but finishing ninth next year would be a disappointment. We're looking up at the play-offs."