Bennett leaves Boro for Pickering

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James Bennett has left Scarborough Athletic after three years at the club.

The midfielder, who scored 10 goals in 68 starts for Boro, has opted to sign for NCEL Premier side Pickering Town.

The need to play football was the main reason behind Bennett’s departure, with the 26-year-old just keen to secure regular starting action.

Aptly he could make his first start in Pickering’s friendly against Boro at Mill Lane on Tuesday night.

He said: “I was in and out of the team at the end of last season, I spoke to Bryan (Hughes) and Paul (Foot) about the situation and I decided to go away and work on my fitness during the summer.

“I came back and I had improved things, I was up there in the pre-season running, but I still wasn’t quite there.

“I looked at the competition for places and I decided that I’d be right down the pecking order due to my fitness levels.

“I am nearly 27 now, so I need to be playing football. I spoke to Denny Ingram at Pickering and he told me that I’d be starting regularly, which is exactly what I wanted to hear.

“That will get me where I need to be because it is so hard maintaining you levels when you are sitting on a bench.”

Bennett has loved every minute of his time with Boro and holds no grudges against anyone at the club.

He added: “My decision is nothing to do with anyone at the club. I hold no grudges, Bryan and Paul have done a lot for me personally.

“I’ve maybe been at the club too long, maybe I got too comfortable and I need a new environment, a new voice in my ear.

“Denny is the main reason I joined Pickering because I know him really well. He spoke to Pickering’s manager Paul Marshall and the rest is history.

“I’m gutted to leave Scarborough, but I’ve had a great time, making a lot of good friends, especially Pete Davidson and Ryan Blott.

“With the signings they have made I can see them really pushing on this season and getting promotion.”