Aug 14 2012 By Jim Levack
NEW signing Ryan Fredericks is setting his sights on a run in the Brentford side following his quickfire move from Tottenham.
The 19-year-old played the last 20 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 League Cup reverse at Walsall following his switch from White Hart Lane just 24 hours earlier.
Fredericks has impressed some of the best in the game with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp offering him a professional contract in 2010.
And he has now targeted regular football with the Bees as he looks to push on to the next level.
He said: "Coming to Brentford is a big step for me and it's an opportunity I'm determined to seize with both hands.
"My immediate aim is to get in the side, then to stay there and make it hard for the other lads to get me out.
"That will be hard because there are some excellent players here, but playing first team football will help me and will make me a better player."
Fredericks, who played against Hearts and Greek outfit PAOK in the 2010 Europa League, said he only found out about the move across London hours before it was announced.
"There was a bit of toing and froing but then when I was told I was joining Brentford I was delighted," he said.
"It's a great chance for me to learn as quickly as possible, but I'm not coming here to watch from the stands.
"I want to get in the side, stay there and make sure Brentford win as many games as possible - it's really that simple."
Fredericks admitted the frenetic pace of the first game of the season and the nature of his debut probably weren't ideal.
He said: "I suppose coming on in your debut when you're losing with 10 men isn't ideal, but it's good for my development and I learned a lot from those 20 minutes about what to expect in this division.
"I played for Tottenham's first team and against Leeds in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay, but League One is a little different.
"I've got pace and am happy on either side of the pitch though, so hopefully I will get lots of chances to play."