Brentford 'will be more tactical under Marinus Dijkhuizen'

Harlee Dean
Harlee Dean has made 157 appearances for Brentford

Brentford will be more "tactical" and "measured" under new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen than they were last season, according to centre-back Harlee Dean.

The Bees finished fifth under Mark Warburton last season to reach the play-offs, but let in 59 league goals.

"As a centre-back I'm going to get more protection, which I didn't get at all last year," he told BBC London 94.9.

"It's going to be a different style of play. It'll suit us more - we'll be more calm, tactical and measured."

Dean, who has captained the Bees in some of their pre-season friendlies, added: "I really like the manager's ideas and I think we can be optimistic that as the season goes on it will get better and better."

The 24-year-old made 40 appearances last season, including 37 in the league and play-offs.

"Last year it felt like the manager already had his opinions but this year it's a clean slate," said Dean.