National League side Maidenhead United have signed Brentford midfielder Reece Cole on a short term loan. The former Glovers loanee has agreed terms until January 1st 2019 with the Berkshire club, who currently lie in 20th place in their division, one point above the relegation line.
The 20 year old made his debut for Maidenhead in midweek, and needed just three minutes to make an impact on the game. At the time he entered the field of play in the 70th minute, his side were 0-1 down to Ebbsfleet United. Cole stepped up to a 73rd minute free kick and flighted the ball over the wall from 25 yards out and into the top corner to give his side a share of the points.
Maidenhead's first team scout Lee Devonshire spoke about his arrival at York Road, where his temporary side are playing fifth tier football for only the second season in their club's history. He said that they had a growing relationship with Brentford that had helped them complete the deal:
"Reece is a technically gifted creative goal-scoring midfield player who is a different type to what we currently have in the squad. We have monitored him over the last year or so and due to our growing relationship with Brentford FC, who are always very good to deal with, we have finally got the deal done this week."
Maidenhead have also recently brought in another former Glover, with Seth Nana Twumasi being signed from Maidstone United on November 17th. He played a full 90 minutes in their midweek draw.
Cole's loan spell with Yeovil Town came earlier this season, with the Glovers committing to a full 2018-19 campaign deal with the Bees. However, it lasted just two matches, being cut short after a substitute appearance against Bury on the opening day of the season, along with just 33 minutes against Aston Villa in his opening start. At that point, the inference from the Glovers end was that Cole was carrying an injury, although immediately after his return to Griffin Park, Brentford slotted him back into their Under-23 side and announced he was available for loan again, with the Bees denying he was injured and putting it down to lack of game time at Huish Park.