Bennett glad to be back at Boro

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Midfielder James Bennett is relishing the opportunity to return to Scarborough Athletic after admitting he rashly marched out of the door last season.

The 25-year-old former Hull City and Darlington man is now keen to prove himself to boss Rudy Funk in the Evo-Stik North.

Bennett feels that he made the wrong decision to leave Boro for Bridlington Town midway through last term - a choice he still regrets.

But after a chance meeting with Funk at Bishop Burton College, Bennett almost snapped the Boro boss’ hand off when he was invited back.

“Looking back, the decision to leave was a rash one and when it all settled down I did regret it,” said Bennett.

“I should have just gone and spoken to the manager, but that is in the past now.

“I bumped into the gaffer at Bishop Burton a few weeks ago and when he invited me back I nearly snapped his hand off.

“I’m just pleased to be back now, I can’t wait to walk out in front of the fans again and get back to playing football.

“That is the one thing I have missed, playing in front of the big crowds.”

After leaving Boro, Bennett had a short spell at Bridlington Town before stepping away from the game.

He is now battling his way back to match-fitness with a gruelling trainiing schedule before pre-season gets underway at the start of July.

“The jump up from the NCE League to the Evo-Stik is a big one,” he added.

“Teams are a lot more organised and fitter, you can’t just turn up and win games, which is why I want to get as fit as I possibly can.

“I have been doing a lot of running with Selby’s new manager Dave Ricardo and I’m going to be caning it in the gym before pre-season gets underway.

“I’m really looking forward to this season because there are a lot of decent games that you want to be playing in.

“You can single out Darlington as one to look forward to, but Spennymoor will also be a great game as well.

“The fans can play their part as well. As a player you want to see as many supporters as possible getting behind you when you are out there on the pitch.”

Having been in and out of the team during last season, Bennett is now aiming to cement his place in the middle of midfield.

He said: “I had a really good chat with Rudy, Brian Hughes and Paul Foot and they were keen to find out where I want to play.

“I have always been a central midfielder, though I know it is going to be difficult to hold down a place because we will have so much quality in there.

“I want to be in the midfield for the long term though and I also want to be contributing the goals as well.

“Goalscoring is one of my best attributes and it would be great if I could get a few next season to help the club up the table.”