Goalkeeper, Ellery Balcombe has signed a new four-year contract at Brentford until June 2027, with club option for a further year.
Balcombe has graduated through Brentford’s Academy since he joined at eight-years old, and made his senior debut in a penalty shootout win over Newport Country following a 1-1 draw in the Second Round of this season’s Carabao Cup.
The deal will see Balcombe stay in West London until June 2027 but the club could extend that contract by a further 12 months, should they opt to activate an option to do so.
“I’m happy that Ellery has extended his contract; he is a Brentford person, through and through,” commented Head Coach, Thomas Frank.
Frank proceeded to praise Balcombe for his performance against Newport whilst iterating that he was on a “natural” pathway, as he explained: “I’m so pleased that he got his deserved debut against Newport and had an unbelievable impact in the penalty shootout.
“No player’s pathway is the same. Ellery has been on a natural path as a goalkeeper – going on loans, developing and returning to us – and you can see how hard he has worked and how much he has put in.”
At 23 years-old, some fans might feel that Balcombe isn’t destined to be a first-choice goalkeeper but Frank believes that the youngster is still progressing, having become “more consistent,” with “big potential” to eventually become the Bees’ top goalkeeper.
Despite having been part of Brentford’s first-team squad since 2018 Balcombe has enjoyed loan spells at Boreham Wood, Viborg, Doncaster Rovers, Burton Albion, Bromley, Crawley Town and Bristol Rovers.
Balcombe has also been capped at Under 18, 19 and 20 level for England.