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Alan Bennett signs new contract

Cork City FC are delighted to confirm that Alan Bennett is the latest player to commit his future to the club.

Bennett has put pen to paper on a two-year contract, which will see him combine his playing duties with an increasing involvement in the club’s underage structures. The defender is currently on the UEFA Elite Youth ‘A’ License course, and speaking to, he said: “I am really happy that John has shown the trust in me. This has been a fantastic year for the club and I feel my performances have merited this, so I am really proud.”

“It is a fantastic time for the club; when we release news of signings, even as a player you are looking and thinking this is brilliant. They (the new signings) are all really good players and we are looking forward to them coming into the group. John (Caulfield) recognises that this club is going from strength to strength and I didn’t expect any different from him!”

“Playing Champions League football is where Cork City should be, in my mind, and it is something everyone is really looking forward to. Those nights are brilliant, and I can’t wait for them again.”

“John is putting in the right structures at underage level, getting experienced local coaches and putting them in with ex-players. Getting involved in that is something I wanted, and it is the reason why I wanted a two-year contract; I want to keep playing but I also want to get more involved on that side of things. John and the Board have been very accommodating, and I am really looking forward to putting in the hours on that side of things.”

City boss John Caulfield hailed the impact Bennett has had, on and off the pitch, saying: “Alan is a special player at this club. He started his career here before going to Reading and came back home two years ago; since then he has been phenomenal for us. Everyone can see, with his performances during the season and especially in the cup final, what a fantastic player and leader he is.”

“He is currently doing his UEFA Elite Youth ‘A’ License, which is geared towards underage and academy work. He is a big part of the club and I see him as being a player over the next two seasons, but also helping out our underage structure as well.”

“All the players look up to him; they know he has done everything and he knows the club inside out. From my own point of view, you can never have enough quality people around the club and Alan is at the top of that.”

“Sometimes, when players are coming to the end of their career, the way they look after themselves can determine how long they can keep going and, with his performances this season, you can see how good Alan is. We both feel that he has another couple of seasons left in him.”

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