Benjamin’s return is a big boost says Ford

Declan Benjamin is back at Banbury United
Declan Benjamin is back at Banbury United

Banbury United resume training next week and manager Mike Ford has added two players to his squad.

Declan Benjamin returns to the club from Conference South club Oxford City and Jack Self has signed from fellow Evo-Stik Southern League outfit Didcot Town.

Declan is still only 25 but has got a lot of experience in Conference North and he ticks all the boxes

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford is delighted to get Benjamin on board and hopes the strong running midfielder can play a big part in United’s return to premier division football.

Ford said: “I signed Declan from Banbury United when I was manager at Oxford City. He’s still only 25 but has got a lot of experience in Conference North and has a good engine.

“He thought his opportunities may be limited at City but still has ambition and he ticks all the boxes.

“Jack Self is only 21 but wants to step up to premier division football and he has a great attitude. But both players are no more important to me than the ones we’ve already got here, they will be part of that group.”

Meanwhile, Callum White and George Nash are staying. White is continuing his studies at Birmingham University instead of going to London, and Nash will also be staying in the Midlands and not moving away from the area.

But Ollie Stanbridge has decided to move on after having talks with Ford. Stanbridge chalked up his 500th appearance for the club last season.

Ford said: “Ollie gave us everything last season and I was keen to keep him.

“But I had to be honest with him and point out that his game time would be limited. He wanted to keep playing so he made the decision to move on.”