Smith not worried by Button departure

Brentford's David Button

Button completed a move to local rivals Fulham on Tuesday.

Brentford's David ButtonBrentford's boss is not worried by Button's departure to QPR

Brentford boss Dean Smith has told the club's official website that he is confident Dan Bentley and Jack Bonham are capable of filling the gap left by departing goalkeeper David Button.

Tuesday saw Button cross the west London to local rivals Fulham, signing a three-year deal after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Brentford's David Button celebrates their first goalButton has been a key part of Brentford's first team over the last few years

Button arrived at Griffin Park in 2013 from Charlton Athletic and soon set about establishing himself as the first choice keeper at the club, making 141 appearances.

After playing a key part in helping Brentford win promotion from League One, Button has not missed a single minute of action in the Championship, helping the Bees to fifth and ninth-place finishes over the last two seasons.

David Nugent of Middlesborough in action with David Button of BrentfordDavid Nugent of Middlesborough in action with Button

And while Smith admits that losing a the 27-year-old is a blow, he insists that new recruit Bentley and youngster Bonham are more than capable replacements.

He told the club's official website: "I would personally like to wish David well and thank him for his contribution in both performances and attitude since myself and [assistant] Richard [O’Kelly] joined the club.

Brentford's Jake Bidwell walks off the pitch dejected after being sent offButton joins Brentford captain Bidwell in departing the club

“I have nothing but respect for the way he acquits himself to his profession and his departure will leave big gloves to fill.

“But I feel we have replacements in Daniel Bentley and Jack Bonham who are eager to fill the position that David had made his own.”

Button is the second Brentford player to join a local rival this summer, following captain Jake Bidwell's move to QPR.

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