‘Benno’ who has been with the club for 6 years and made over 250 appearances, was the winner of the goal of the season 2011/12 for his effort against Worksop Town back in August.
The gaffer was full of praise for the midfielder who he described as a model professional and a great example to all non league footballers. Danny explained ‘Unfortunately Benno won’t be with us next season. He moved house around November last year and was commuting from Yorkshire three times per week which was taking its toll. He has also been suffering and still is suffering with a persistent groin problem which had been hampering his performances. Benno he felt he was cheating the players, the club and the management team if he was to carry on, that epitomises the nature of the lad. He is also entering his final year at University and wants to focus on his studies and ensure he achieves the highest possible grade.’
‘Ian Bennett has been a great servant and was the only player left of the squad that I inherited when I took over as manager five years ago. He has been central to my plans every season and he has been a pleasure to work with. As a manager you want to work with gifted, hardworking, reliable, conscientious and honest players, Benno certainly ticked all of those boxes. It is now time to move on for all of us and I am sure everyone connected with Ashton United Football Club will join me in thanking Ian for his contribution over the last 6 years and wish him every success for the future.’
‘This time of year is a very busy time for any manager and I must say it has probably been one of the busiest summers for me! I have spoken to around twelve potential players all whom I believe have the necessary profile to improve what we have and move us forward. I certainly won’t be signing all twelve but I am very hopeful two or three will commit to us and buy into what Ashton United wants to achieve this season. I firmly believe that had we started last season with the squad we finished the season with, we would have secured at least a top eight finish. That’s the target again for this season. Apart from Benno I am expecting all of last season’s squad to return for pre season training although I am under no illusions that many of my players are being spoken to by other clubs and that come the first game of the season a number of them may well have moved on to pastures new. That’s just the nature of non league football at this level and something I have become used to and have to deal with.’