Kenny Brown has hailed the attitude and performance of Luke Gambin after another impressive outing on Tuesday against Colchester.
Gambin, who also played for the first-team against Plymouth Argyle, scored a fine solo goal in the 2-1 defeat and Brown hopes more players can emulate his path to Edgar Davids’ side.
Speaking at The Hive, Brown hailed Gambin’s fantastic attitude and revealed that he has worked tirelessly since the moment he walked through the door.
“You will always get a great attitude from Luke,” explained Brown. “Since day one of pre-season I knew what I was going to get from him.
“He has so much energy but to be honest he has to be like that because of his size, if he wasn’t he would not be at a Football League club so that is testament to him.”
Brown also believes Gambin offers a fresh dimension for the Bees and declared that yesterday’s goal demonstrates just one of his qualities.
“He works hard every day, comes in with a smile on his face and he gives us a great natural balance because he is left-footed.
“Luke is a very good player and his first-class work rate is what you get from him but you also saw another of his qualities yesterday through a great goal.”
Iffy Allen and Mauro VIlhete have also featured for the first-team in recent weeks and Brown hopes that this progression will become a common trend in the future.
“It is a show piece for the younger players because the management staff watch these games, all the away matches are also recorded on DVD and watched back.
“It is a Development Squad and that is exactly what we are using it for, hopefully this time next year we will be winning more games as well as seeing some of these players in the first-team.”
Brown also believes that the new Barclays Under-21 Professional Development League has an edge that reserve team football simply couldn’t provide.
“The Development Squad is very much in its infancy and it is a tough league but it is there for a very good reason.
“As a club we are still trying to get the best situation out of it because we want it to be a stepping stone to the first-team.
“It is not a reserve side,” added Brown. “It is an opportunity for young players to get game time as well as players who are coming back from injury because both need competitive football.”