Ethan Pinnock may have only played one game for his new club but he has big ambitions for his Brentford career.

The 26-year-old who joined Thomas Frank’s side earlier this month took to the field for his debut in the 3-0 pre-season friendly win over AFC Wimbledon on Friday night.

Arriving from newly promoted Barnsley, the defender immediately set his sights on a top six spot.

“I think that's what football is all about,” he said.

“When it comes to the latter part of the season you always want to have something to play for, you always want to be pushing for something.

“Being in a team where that is the aim, that's part of the attraction that made me want to come here.

“There's a lot of quality in the side and I think if we take everything on board, and really work hard for each other, [then] I don't see why we can't be battling for a place.”


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Pinnock was an ever-present in a Barnsley defence that boasted the best record in League One last season on their way to a second-place finish.

According to the former Dulwich Hamlet and Forest Green man, that’s the area of the field that Brentford need to improve if they are to mount a challenge this season.

“I know that it's been highlighted that's been one of the weaker points in the last few years, so hopefully I can come in here and help to change that along with the rest of the players.

“On a personal note it's to just play as many games as I can and try and concede as few goals as possible.”

Marcus Forss, new signing Christian Norgaard and Ollie Watkins grabbed the goals in the win at the Cherry Red Records Stadium but for Pinnock it was about shaking the rust off ahead of the new season and putting in to practice what his new boss wants from him and his teammates.

“It's been a while [since I played my last match] but it's a good first run-out,” he added.

“I've really enjoyed it (the coaching).

“I think there's a lot of technical aspects to it and there's a lot of coaching, which I think is good.

“It lets the players know exactly what's wanted from them, and I think that helps give players pictures and ideas when we are on the pitch.”