Bernard Mensah and Cheye Alexander have agreed new one-year contracts with Vanarama National League club Aldershot Town to take Gary Waddock’s signings for 2017/18 to eleven.
Alexander is now the club’s longest-serving player, playing forty-two games this season in a total of ninety-six since making his debut in April 2015, whilst Mensah has made forty-one appearances this season, scoring 9 goals, after joining The Shots from Watford in July 2016.
“It’s been a busy few weeks but we’re delighted that the players have committed,” said Waddock. “We want to keep this group together and we need that continuity, because you can’t keep trying to rebuild a squad every season.
“Bernard and Cheye have been key players for us this year, and are the sort of player that I want at this club – young, hungry, and eager to improve. I am delighted that they will continue to develop and further their careers with Aldershot Town.”
Alexander played every minute of all forty-six National League fixtures in 2015/16 having initially joined The Shots from Bishop’s Stortford in February 2015.
The 22-year-old spent ten years with The Hammers’ academy before being released in 2013. From there, he spent one year at Port Vale, and impressed in a two-month loan spell at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ilkeston FC from December 2013.
Released by the Valiants in the summer of 2014, he joined Concord Rangers in September 2014 and moved onto fellow National League South side Bishop’s Stortford two months later.
Mensah, also 22, made two first-team appearances for Watford having graduated from the Hornets’ academy. Whilst there he enjoyed spells on loan at Braintree Town, twice, and Barnet, working with Waddock as The Bees won the 2015 Conference Premier title.
In total, Mensah played thirty-three games for The Iron and The Bees, scoring 5 goals.
In addition to Idris Kanu, who is already under contract until 2019, eight other members of Waddock’s squad agreed new deals with the club earlier this week: Nick Arnold, Jake Cole, Will Evans, Jake Gallagher, Jim Kellermann, Matt McClure, Scott Rendell and Callum Reynolds.