Bennett the bard has a double master plan
Dons defender Alan Bennett is preparing to swap the mighty boot for the mighty pen when he finally retires from the game.
The 32-year-old is a doubt for this weekend’s trip to Rochdale in League Two with a leg injury – and it is something he could report on himself, given his chosen future in journalism.
However, for the being, the former Republic of Ireland international is itching to be back in the action.
He wants it more than ever as the Dons are suffering a poor run of form that has seen them pick up just two points from the past six games.
Bennett was part of the ‘clear the air talks’ held at the Dons training ground this week, and he is positive it has restored a fragile confidence.
“It was good to see people speaking up and getting involved – including some lads, who would not normally say much, getting their chance,” he said.
“I only see positives coming out of these sessions. If the worst thing that comes out of it is that it re-focuses people on the job in hand, that’s still a positive.”
He added: “We are all in it together. There is no ‘us and them’. We need to work on certain things to turn this run around, and we all plan on doing just that.”
Bennett is approaching the twilight of a 13-year career that includes more than 300 club appearances, and now he is having to cope with those long journeys north.
He said: “I would be lying if I said the trips to Hartlepool and Morecambe within a couple of days did not knock me back, especially when you cramp up on the bus on the way home.
“It’s been a while since I rolled in at home at 4.30 in the morning.”
He added: “I train differently now, it is more about stretching and flexibility rather than lifting the heavy weights.
“But I am coming to that stage in my career where I have to start looking at other avenues.
“I am doing a PFA journalism course through the University of Staffordshire.
“I’m a year in and really enjoying it.”
Goal-scorer: Alan Bennett heads home in last season's 1-1 with Northampton Town SP73936
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