Bennett departs Boro

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James Bennett called time on his spell at Scarborough Athletic after Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Penrith at Queensgate.

The central midfielder was taken off at half-time by manager Rudy Funk, which proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Bennett, 25, joined Boro at the beginning of the 2012-2013 campaign and played an integral part in the club’s promotion from the NCEL Premier.

The former Hull City and Bridlington Town man then impressed in pre-season, but since then he has struggled to nudge his way into Funk’s plans.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving because I really enjoyed playing for the club,” he said.

“It is a big club with great fans, the reason I stuck around for so long was because I loved turning out in front of 400 to 500 fanatical supporters every week.

“I have just had enough and it has come down to an accumulation of the manager’s decisions.

“I was doing really well in pre-season, but then the manager dropped me after the opening league match at Kidsgrove.

“He then pulled me at half-time against Penrith on Saturday when I was having as good a game as anyone else.

“I’m just not enjoying it anymore, which is frustrating for me.

“At 25 I’ve probably only got five years left in me because of that I need to be playing regular football.

“I just want a good run of games, but instead I’ve been in and out of the team.

“The fans have seen me play in the centre of midfield and they have seen what I can do, but for much of my time here I have been playing out wide.

“I’ll admit that I’m not quick enough for that. I managed it last season, but after making this step up the full-backs are quicker and have a bit more to them.”

Bennett has no club lined up so he is weighing up his options ahead of a return to the game.

He added: “I have heard that a few clubs are interested, but I’m not sure what I’m doing yet.

“If things change at Scarborough Athletic I would love to come back because I had such a great time playing for the club.”