CONFIRMED: Gray signs for Brentford

Luton Town striker Andre Gray has joined Brentford on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.
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Andre Gray

The 23-year-old scored 30 goals for the Hatters last season, winning the Skrill Premier golden boot award, with the newly-promoted Championship side splashing out over £500,00 for his services.

After news of his departure was made public, Gray tweeted: “Just want to thank everybody at Luton Town for the amazing times youve gave me. Helped me fulfil a dream of playing at Wembley and gave me memories ill never forget!

“Best moment of my life was winning promotion with you but now felt like the right time to take the step up and leave and try and pursue another dream!

“Fans have been unbelievable since i arrived up until me leaving now and honestly cant thank you enough!

“I found a home there and made friends for life!! I’ll always be looking out for u and watching games. And i hope u can take the next step to league 1 automatically!

“U never no its a crazy game i might be there again in the future but for now its good bye. I love you all. #27.”

On Gray’s exit, Town managing director Gary Sweet said: “It is always a shame to see a successful and popular player depart Kenilworth Road, but Andre’s development has been rapid since joining us and it’s good for us to show that we won’t hold players back if the timing and deal is right for all parties.

“I can also confirm that the income received will be re-invested into players and training facilities over the next two years to ensure this event strengthens us.”

Meanwhile about the striker, who scored 57 goals in 111 appearances after joining from Hinckley United for £30,000 in March 2012, Town manager John Still said: “We are naturally disappointed to lose Andre but it goes without saying that we wish him well at Brentford.

“With only a year left on his contract, it was either a case of him extending with us or him moving on.

“It is a great move for him and I am confident that he will go on and enjoy huge success at Griffin Park.”

Bees boss Mark Warburton told the Brentford official website: “We are always looking to add value to the playing squad with individuals who can make significant contributions both on and off the pitch and who have excellent development potential.

“Andre is a player we have tracked and who has just completed an outstanding season in helping Luton achieve promotion and a return to the Football league.

“Andre has tremendous pace, good movement and a clear eye for goal.

“We are delighted to have secured him for the start of pre-season.

“As a football department we look forward to welcoming Andre on board and have no doubts he will make a very positive impact at Championship level.”