Smith wants Brentford to take inspiration from Leicester's title win

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The Bees finished ninth in the Championship and Smith hopes his side can make further progress next season.

Dean Smith has told Get West London that he hopes his players can take inspiration from Leicester City's Premier League title win and mount an unlikely promotion challenge next season.

Having seen the 5000/1 outsiders claim their first ever league title after an extraordinary season, Smith says there has been a renewed sense of hope for everyone in the game.

The Foxes eventually finished 10 points ahead of nearest rivals Arsenal at the top of the table. Should Brentford repeat those heroics in the Championship on what is a comparatively meagre budget, Smith claims it will be a similarly impressive achievement.

He said: “It [Leicester's title win] gives everybody hope. People forget Leicester have good players. It's sometimes overlooked.

“Players who would fit into the top teams. There's been a lot of talk about Jamie Vardy. He's willing, runs over the top and is quick."

But Smith has ruled out the prospect of searching for a front man in the same vain as the Leicester forward, adding that his team is looking for different type of player.

“There's been a lot of them but we've been looking to a more technically efficient number nine and that's not disrespecting him any way at all."

However, Smith has joked he may well take a leaf out of Foxes' boss Claudio Ranieri for next season, in at least one respect, saying he may bring an imaginary bell with him for team meetings next season.

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