Ivan Toney keen to repay Thomas Frank and Brentford for support during ban

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Brentford striker Ivan Toney says he wants to repay manager Thomas Frank and the club for their support during his eight-month suspension.

England international Toney was banned in May for 232 breaches of Football Association betting rules.

The 27-year-old could make his return at home to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on 20 January.

“Thomas Frank has been nothing but the biggest help I could have asked for,” Toney told Sky Sports.

“The whole club has – from putting extra sessions on for me, from taking their time out to put a session on and go outside when it’s raining, when they’re not supposed to be in.

“I have a lot to repay them and I can’t wait to try and do that.

“The fans were behind me. Even when I wasn’t at their games, they were singing my name.

“A friend of mine sent me a video of the fans singing my name. I got goosebumps to know that they’re still behind me, even though I’m not there.”

Toney scored 20 league goals last season as Brentford finished ninth.

However, they are currently on a five-game losing run and are 16th in the table.

Toney has been linked with a move to Arsenal or Chelsea, although Frank has said it will take an “unbelievable” offer for Brentford to sell him.

Toney played 75 minutes for Brentford’s B team against Southampton Under-23s on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 win.

“With Brentford, they’re struggling at the moment but I’m sure when I’m back I will play a big part to get them out of the losing form they’ve been in,” Toney said.

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