Blue Square Bet
Published 29th November 2011
...had to watch from the sidelines as Solihull Moors bid to make FA Trophy tonight.
Bennett has returned to English football from Irish side Dundalk.
Although the 33-year-old midfielder has been training with Moors for the past few weeks, he has had to wait for international clearance and couldn`t play in tonight’s Third Qualifying Round replay at Ossett Town because he was not available for the first game.
Bennett was originally with Aston Villa. However, the promising young midfielder broke his ankle at the age of 14 which disrupted his progress and left him out of the game for two years.
He moved to West Bromwich Albion and made his first-team debut during the 1996/97 season and was a regular in the reserves, but with a constant change of managers he was eventually released by Denis Smith.
He later signed for Bromsgrove Rovers before joining Kidderminster for a record £30,000 where he enjoyed a successful five-year stint between 1999 and 2004, the midfielder capturing the Conference National title in his first season.
After eventually leaving there, he signed for Wrexham in 2004 and was part of the side that won the Football League Trophy against Southend United at the Millennium Stadium the following year.
However, his time at the Racecourse Ground was dogged by injury. That continued at Chester City but after one season there he returned to Kidderminster in August 2007, initially on loan before making the deal permanent at the end of the season, the midfielder remaining there until May 2010.
Almost three months later, Bennett made the move to Dundalk where he rejoined forces with former team-mates Ian Foster and Wayne Hatswell - his debut coming days after signing at home to UCD on 6th August.
His 2011 season was disrupted by injury but he played through the pain barrier and in his thirty-five appearances was impressive, along the way netting his first competitive goal for the club with a header against Galway United in the FAI Cup at Oriel Park on 5th June.