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Benson Focused On Progression

First Team News
// 4 Dec 2017

Robbie Benson penned a new one year-deal with Dundalk FC on Monday afternoon and speaking to dundalkfc.com he expressed his delight at getting the deal done and is looking forward to his third season at the club.

“I’m happy to get it done. I’m going in to my third season with the club now so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve had a very successful two years and obviously losing the FAI Cup final last season left a bitter taste in our mouths but it’s given us a good drive to come back next year focused and hopefully re-gain everything that we gave away last year, progress in Europe and retain the EA Sports Cup as well.”

The midfielder reflected on the heartbreak of losing the FAI Cup final to Cork City however is determined to use it as motivation next season and feels he has proved a lot in his two seasons at Oriel Park.

“For me anyway, it was a tough week after the Cup final. Especially to lose on penalties – the whole season ended on a penalty shoot-out whereas if it goes the other way you’re looking back a bit more fondly but, I can only speak for myself and it’s given me a motivational factor in the off season.

“I will work hard until we are back in January and hopefully progress again. I felt that I improved a lot last year, from year one to year two and hopefully that continues again.”

Looking ahead to 2018 the 25 year-old believes Stephen Kenny’s side are looking strong going into the campaign and is ready for the season to begin.

“Looking on it was great to see the players who re-signed, Sean Gannon, and even before the end of the season Chris Shields and Brian Gartland, and I think the signings that Stephen has added are top quality and any team in the league would be lucky to have them.

“I am looking forward to playing with them and getting used to how they like to play and seeing how we progress as a team next year and hopefully we can be very successful together.”