Brentford agree terms with free agent Ben Mee as ex-Burnley captain eyes instant return to the Premier League… with 32-year-old defender set to become the Bees’ fourth major signing of the summer
- Brentford have agreed terms with former Burnley centre-back Ben Mee
- 32-year-old ended 11-year spell at Turf Moor after their relegation last season
- Mee will become the Bees’ fourth signing of the summer transfer window
Brentford are signing Ben Mee on a free transfer as they will be without Ethan Pinnock for their opening game of the season against Leicester City after the 29-year-old sustained a knee injury.
Mee, who turns 33 in September, will be the oldest player in Brentford’s squad and has agreed a two-year deal to become their fourth signing of the summer.
The centre-back would join fellow new arrivals at the Brentford Community Stadium Aaron Hickey, Keane Lewis-Potter and Thomas Strakosha.
Ben Mee will join Brentford on a free transfer after an eleven year spell with the Clarets
Thomas Frank has already added four new additions to his Brentford squad in this window
The move to Brentford will see Mee end an eleven year association with Burnley, having joined the club from Manchester City in January 2012, after an initial loan spell with the club.
The defender made 376 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals but was one of 14 players released by the Clarets following their relegation to the Championship in 2021-22.
Mee missed the last 13 games of last season after suffering a broken leg in March’s defeat to Leicester. However, following the sacking of Sean Dyche in April, the defender was appointed as an assistant to caretaker boss Mike Jackson.
Ben Mee was appointed an assistant to Burnley’s caretaker gaffer Mike Jackson last season
The interim staff were unable to prevent Burnley’s slide out of the Premier League, but Mee is now set to return to the top flight by signing for Thomas Frank’s Brentford ahead of several offers from other clubs.
Brentford get their Premier League campaign underway on Sunday August 7 when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.
The Bees will hope that Ivan Toney will still be part of the squad when they kick-off the season. The star striker has been of some interest to former club Newcastle United and could be preparing a bid for the forward.