O’Connell frustrated by lack of first-team action

Brentford centre-back Jack O’Connell admits he has been frustrated by his lack of first-team football.

The 22-year-old made 18 appearances last season and, with the Bees keen to sign a central defender during the summer, he could be pushed further down the pecking order.

“It’s been frustrating. I want to play football. I don’t enjoy sitting on the bench,” O’Connell said. 

“To be fair, Yoann [Barbet] has done well since he came in. There’s healthy competition and we push each other every day in training.

“But I want to play myself, obviously. It’s up to me to get my place. I’ve just got to keep working hard and have a good pre-season.”