Bentley glad to be back at Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 August 2013

Alex Bentley is glad to be back at Hornchurch (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Alex Bentley is glad to be back at Hornchurch (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Left-back reveals thoughts on return to club

Alex Bentley made a surprising return to Bridge Avenue late last week to rejoin Hornchurch after leaving at the start of the summer to sign for Conference South side Bromley.

And Bentley admitted the lack of opportunities at Bromley was one of the main reasons behind him rejoining the Urchins.

He said: “Quite simple, I wasn’t getting football there.

“I was on the bench and the manager told me I’d be playing games, but didn’t give me the opportunities I felt I deserved.

“At the end of the day I just wanted to play football.”

Left-back Bentley enjoyed a successful first year with the Urchins, picking up the Supporters and Players’ Player of the Year awards last season.

And he revealed that success made his decision to return easy.

He added: “Exactly (easy to come back after personal success) and everyone as soon as I came back was very kind.

“The boys were brilliant in there, as soon as you walk in you feel very welcome, so it is generally very nice to be back.”

Bentley was almost an ever-present last season for Hornchurch as they were relegated to the Ryman Premier Division.

And he has praised manager Jimmy McFarlane’s ambition for this term and agrees with his beliefs that the Urchins should be going for automatic promotion over the lottery of the play-offs.

“To go straight back up. It was the first thing the manager said to me,” he said.

“We’ve got a good squad. He doesn’t want to aim for the play-offs, he wants to go straight up, which is something I admire and something we should really aim for.”

McFarlane has also lauded the return of Bentley and praised the defender’s consistency.

He said: “He does the same thing week in, week out. He’s a smashing lad and a smashing footballer.”

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