Keeper Signs

Goalkeeper Clark Masters signs on a one-year deal from Southend United.

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Gary Waddock moved quickly to cover the loss of long-serving keeper Nikki Bull by signing 22-year-old Southend United stopper Clark Masters on a one year deal.

Masters, who hails from Bully's hometown of Hastings and stands 6'3", began as a scholar at Brentford. He signed full pro forms in July 2004. He was loaned to Slough Town during the 2005-06 season and had to wait until the opening day of the 2006-07 season to make his Bees debut against Blackpool. 13 more first team appearances followed that season plus a loan spell at AFC Wimbledon.

Clark made just two appearances for the Bees in 2007-08, being loaned out to Welling United in order to gain further experience. He left Griffin Park in January 2008 and signed for Southend United on a free transfer, but was then immediately loaned to Conference Premier outfit Stevenage Borough.

A second loan spell at Welling came in November 2008 followed by a trial at Grimsby Town two months later, but Clark never made a first team appearance at Roots Hall.

Boss Waddock said, "I am delighted to have signed Clark. His is a goalkeeper with great ability and to add him to the group is a positive move for the club. I was aware of what he is capable of when he was at Brentford as a youngster, where he broke into the first team as a teenager.