No reason why we can't go one further this season says St Albans City's Tom Bender
PUBLISHED: 08:34 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 10 July 2018
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Tom Bender said it was a no-brainer to re-sign for St Albans City and believes there is no reason why they cannot go one better than last year and make the end-of-season play-offs.
The full-back sat out City’s opening pre-season fixture against Northampton Town with a slight thigh strain.
But he revealed there was no doubt of him returning to the Saints.
Speaking to the Herts Ad he said: “I’ve been here nearly three years now and I’ve enjoyed it since I’ve been here and I’ve especially enjoyed it since Ian took over.
“We have a good relationship and it was an easy decision to stay on.”
Being one of the longest-serving members of the squad, Bender has had the ups and downs of a relegation battle as well as last season’s brave but ultimately fruitless chase of a play-off spot.
And even with the strength of the opposition in the Vanarama National League South this time around, Bender says that disappointment will help spur the team on to do better.
“You think it about I don’t think it affects how we approach this year,” he said.
“It is going to be a different team, we haven’t kept everyone from last year, and you look at the teams that are coming into the league and I think you’ll be naive and silly not to think last year was a better chance than this.
“There are some really strong teams coming in and it’s going to be difficult but we’ve kept the core of the squad and we’ve learnt from the last two years, but last year more than anything, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t use that to our advantage and go one further.”
Manager Ian Allinson has not yet finalised his squad but Bender says even with the large number of trialists currently at Clarence Park, he still feels there is a confidence in the dressing room and the new players, whoever they may be, will only enhance that.
He said: “The players that are coming in and that Ian is having a look at we kind of know anyway as we’ve played against them.
“They are good players who know this league and if we sign them it can only benefit us.”