Cork City FC are delighted to confirm that veteran defender Alan Bennett has re-signed for the 2020 season, in a player-coach capacity.
Bennett, who was given a testimonial match in 2019, joined the club at underage level and progressed through to the first team, playing a crucial role in the 2005 league winning side. He left Leeside in January 2007, signing for Reading in the Championship and went on to represent a host of English clubs before returning to the Rebel Army in 2015.
Speaking after putting pen to paper on his new deal, the 38-year-old told CCFC.ie that he was looking forward to another year at the club: “There’s a big challenge ahead, and I’m looking forward to it. Every season has been a challenge since I’ve come here, this one is no different. It’s a club that means so much to me, I want to be here. It’s a fantastic place to be a professional footballer in this country, in this City, there’s no better place to be.”
“We’re starting again. We’re looking to put together a really strong competitive squad, a lot of those will be of a younger profile, which brings its own strengths and weaknesses. Having worked with younger players for the last couple of years in a coaching sense, I’d have a good grip of how to develop those players really quickly, and that’s something that will have to happen this year. These lads have a fantastic opportunity at this club, and there’s no better place to play football.”
Speaking after the addition of Bennett to his playing squad & backroom team, City boss Neale Fenn said: “It’s brilliant news for us to have someone of Alan’s experience in the group. He’ll pass on good knowledge to the younger players and also he’ll be coaching so it’s great news for us.”
“He’s done his A licence, and he was coaching last year (in the academy), and his experience of playing for City, the love he has for the club and his experience of playing in England and winning trophies is something that we need at this club and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to stay.”