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Ben Benson signs new deal

Goalkeeping Coach delighted to be handed 'unbelievable opportunity'

31 July 2017

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Ben Benson believes he has been handed an 'unbelievable opportunity' after signing a long-term contract as the club's new Goalkeeping Coach.

The 27-year-old, who joined as an Academy coach in June 2015, made the step up to the senior squad following the appointment of manager Tony Mowbray in February.

After impressing in the role, Benson will remain part of Mowbray's new-look backroom team for the upcoming season and the highly-rated young coach can't wait for it to get underway.

"I'm delighted,” he said.

"It is a relatively new experience for me. When I first came here I was part of the Academy and had some involvement with the first team over the course of time.

"I've certainly enjoyed it. It has been challenging in a good way and for good reasons, and the goalkeepers have been different class - they've been excellent with me.

"We are all looking forward to the season starting now. The preparation has been excellent, we’ve all worked hard, we’re eager to get going as quickly as we can and hopefully we can get off to a good start."

Benson admits he owes a huge debt of gratitude to manager Mowbray for retaining his servives and he believes the Rovers boss has created the perfect working environment for the club's keepers to prosper.

"I'm unbelievably grateful," added Benson. "He's given me an unbelievable opportunity, of which I'm very, very grateful for.

"He's been excellent with myself and the rest of the staff. He's bought into the goalkeeping side of what we are trying to do as well and he is very keen to stress his beliefs on it.

"So we are working hand-in-hand on it really, from the goalkeeping department to the outfield staff, to hopefully make this a good place for goalkeepers to be over the future."

And Benson hopes the future holds an immediate return to the Championship.

"That is the goal," he added. "That is definitely the goal and I think we are all very, very confident.

"Ultimately, it is a long season. I think it's the old adage of it isn't won over the first week and it certainly isn't won over the last week, it is over the course of games.

"So the hope is that over the course of the season, we are the best team and the most consistent team in the league. So that is where we hope to be."

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