Stevenage are set to complete the signing of Brentford’s Aaron Pressley on a permanent deal, according to Football Insider via a post on their website.
The 21 year old was subject to the interest of many League One clubs, previously being linked with Barnsley, Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United.
What has been said?
Football Insider previously have stated via their website:
“The 21-year-oold forward has slipped down the pecking order at Brentford and the Premier League club are happy to let him move on this summer on a permanent basis”
Recently, Football Insider have also declared the young Scotsman’s location to be Hertfordshire, joining the newly promoted League One outfit.
“Brentford striker agrees permanent deal to join Stevenage”
Who is Aaron Pressley?
Pressley, born in Edinburgh, began his career through the youth ranks at Hearts. Aaron then made the move to England where he spent seven years with Aston Villa’s academy before making the switch to Brentford B in January 2020, impressing for the B team where he scored 19 in 26 appearances before being voted as the team’s Player’s Player of the Year following an impressive 2020-21 campaign. The forward earned a new two year contract with The Bees following this.
Following Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League, the front man joined AFC Wimbledon. The spell was less than ideal for the youngster who faced a 9 week spell on the sidelines in December 2021, returning to the South London club Pressley only managed a further two appearances before a reoccurrence of the injury in February 2022 which subsequently ended his season. The Dons were relegated in his absence but despite disappointments, he still managed to find the net four times in 27 appearances.
Given a fresh start, Pressley made the move to Lancashire where he made the loan switch to Accrington Stanley in January 2023. His time at The Wham Stadium was much more smooth sailing, ending his spell with eight goals in 27 appearances in the second half of the campaign; however, this was not enough to prevent Stanley’s relegation to League Two.
Summer Business So Far
Pressley would be Steve Evan’s eleventh summer signing since their promotion from League Two.
Boro have signed a number of proven League One performers such as Dan Butler, Harry Anderson and Louis Thompson while keeping together the core of their promotion squad with Taye Ashby-Hammond making a permanent switch to the Lamex following an impressive loan spell with the club.
Bringing in a great wealth of third tier experience, Steve Evans will be hoping this experience translates on to the pitch as his side hope to adapt well to life in League One.
Despite his age, Pressley has proven capable at League One level during his two loan spells in the division. He will be very complimentary of Jamie Reid and provide the goals required to help Stevenage step up to League One standards.
Stevenage have had a very impressive window, I think Pressley will only add to their wealth of League One performers. With a more than capable manager and an impressive summer window I do not think Boro will be anywhere near a relegation conversation next season.