Brentford's Judge keen to Bee promoted
Midfielder Alan Judge wants to balance his CV by countering relegation with
Plymouth Argyle, with promotion at Brentford.
The 25-year-old former Notts County midfielder was part of the Argyle squad relegated from the Championship during a loan spell at Home Park from Blackburn Rovers in 2010.
Judge, scorer of a spectacular brace in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Crewe Alexandra, is at Griffin Park until the end of the season, having been deemed surplus to
requirements in Lancashire.
And the Irishman, back enjoying his football in west London and living with his family in Kew, hopes firing the Bees into the Championship can go some way to helping him continue his love affair with the game.
“Not playing for three or four months at the start of this season was difficult to take,” said Judge, below.
“There is nothing worse than training all week knowing there is not a game for you at the weekend.
“I’m really enjoying it again and once that happens you realise how much you love playing the game.
“I’d love to get a promotion on my CV. I’ve been relegated before, which was horrible, so to win promotion would be great.
“I’d definitely be keen to stay here if we go up, particularly if the situation does not change at Blackburn. There is no point me not playing football.
“Even if we don’t go up I’d like to think staying was still an option. I turned down one or two Championship clubs to come here because I could see what the club was trying to do.
“As long as I’m enjoying my football and playing regularly I’m happy to be here.”
Judge took his Bees goal tally to four at the weekend putting boss Mark Warburton’s men in prime form ahead of tomorrow’s visit of third-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, which is anticipated to be a sell-out.
Brentford, top of the League One table by two points ahead of Leyton Orient, are unbeaten in the league since October – a run that features a 0-0 draw at Molineux in November.
And, with weather postponements causing congestion in the fixture list, Judge reckons the squad are fit and ready to ensure they avoid a repeat of last year’s end of season heartache.
“I think everyone in football saw the Doncaster game. It was an unbelievable and horrible way to end the season,” he added.
“We don’t want that to happen again and that is the mentality of this squad.
“The cancellations mean we are going to be playing a lot of Saturday-Tuesday matches over the coming weeks, but, unusually for this time of the season, I think we are all fully fit.
“When I came to the club I think we were 13 games unbeaten, which is an unbelievable run and I can’t quite believe it is still going.
“We have just got to concentrate on keeping it going for as long as possible and make sure we do not lose any momentum.
“That is why it was so important to get back to winning ways on Saturday after the postponed games.”
Sam Saunders underwent keyhole surgery this week to assess the extent of a knee problem.