Sodje set for Bees departure

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Brentford defender Sam Sodje has revealed his intention to quit the club this summer.

The 25-year-old has seen the club disintegrate around him following the departure of manager Martin Allen and a number of out-of-contract stars, while midfielder Jay Tabb has handed in a transfer request.

Sodje turned down a move to Southampton last summer, hoping to play in The Championship with Brentford, but after play-off defeat to Swansea in May, he has now decided he may have to move on to further his career.

"Martin would not settle for second best and I am the same. Like Martin, my contract at Brentford has a year to go, but I think one or two clubs are interested in me and Brentford might welcome the fee I could fetch," Sodje told the Richmond & Twickenham Times.

"It will be up to Brentford, but I need to play at the highest level. If a club from a higher division wanted me I'd be interested, but I turned down a move to Southampton last season because I felt it wasn't right.

"I won't be moving just for the sake of it, but I am ambitious and want to further my career.

"With Jay (Tabb) also wanting to go and several players being released, we are seeing the break-up of the team that came so close to promotion.

"We worked hard to get into the play-offs in the past two seasons and were so disappointed to go out in the semi-finals. I need a challenge and, hopefully, I will be able to get that."