Those we have loved – 3
Harlee Dean had two separate spells on loan with the Blues, initially making 13 appearances in the 2008/9 season when on Dagenham & Redbridge’s books before returning to Woodside Park for another ten games having made the big step up to Southampton in the meantime.
While he never made a first team appearance for the Saints, the 23-year-old central defender is now a fixture at Griffin Park and helped Brentford to promotion last season. He passed 50 games for Brentford in November 2012 and captained The Bees for the first time in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Southend United in December 2012. He played 56 games in his first full season and Griffin Park and signed a new three-year contract in July 2013.
He made his 100th Football League appearance for The Bees during the 2013/14 promotion-winning season and this season he has again been a regular in the Championship with 22 appearances and with Brentford currently fifth in the table we might yet have another ex-Blue in the Premier League.
Danny Green’s first season as an MK Don (he had a brief spell on loan there last year) has seen the majority of his 13 appearances come off the bench, with only four starts while he’s chipped in with a pair of goals and four assists. He missed two months of the season after being injured in Don’s 4-0 victory against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup and having also picked up a red card earlier in the season, it’s been a frustrating season for the midfield man who played for Bluesin 2008/09. After playing in the FA Cup loss against Chesterfield, he’s been unused substitute in each of the last two games.
Incidentally, the other Danny Green – who also born in Harlow, and played for both Blues and Dagenham & Redbridge, is currently at Maidenhead United and played against the Blues in our 3- 1 win on Saturday.
Well, I promised Jack Midson would be included in this series – forgetting that he’s no longer in the Football League – so I guess I have to include him. It was a bit of a surprise that he was released by AFC Wimbledon in the summer after successive seasons as their top scorer but given their flirt with a return to non-league football, changes probably had to be made. What was less of a surprise was his decision to sign for Eastleigh, given their recent spending. So far this season he’s hit eight goals in 24 appearances as the south coast club sit in fifth place in their first season of national football.
Champion was carried off in Saturday’s 4-0 home against Newport County with a knee injury. He’s said on Titter than it was just a twist but the club have remained silent. The game against Manchester United is live on BBC1 on Friday, kick-off 7.55pm.