Evo-Stik League South East club Bedford Town have pulled off something of a coup by signing vastly experienced striker Paul Benson on loan from Vanarama National League side Boreham Wood for the remainder of the season.
Benson signed for Wood as a player-coach in the summer of 2017 following his release from league rivals Dagenham & Redbridge, having scored 6 times in thirty-seven appearances that season.
The 38-year-old performs both a playing and a coaching role for Wood and trains the club`s Elite double-winning side.
The journeyman striker has vast experience at both National League and Football League level and even holds a perfect record at international level with one goal in one game for the England C team.
He first caught the attention of Conference sides in 2004/05 campaign after scoring 96 goals in fifty-nine games for White Ensign of the Essex Olympian League and was soon snapped up by Dagenham & Redbridge where he would spend five years.
Spells with Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town followed after impressing with the Daggers, before Benson dropped back down into the Conference to sign for Luton Town, where he played a key role in their promotion winning campaign, he later re-joined the Daggers.
He has found first-team starts had to come by this season, however, due to the form of Wood`s strikers, and has started just four games to date, coming off the bench on a couple of other occasions.