Boston United keen on signing former Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday defender Julian Bennett

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Former Nottingham Forest left back Julian Bennett is expected to turn out for Boston United on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old defender has had to retire from the professional game following a knee injury.

But Bennett - whose impressive CV includes stints with Forest, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Southend United and Walsall - has been training with the Pilgrims, and manager Dennis Greene hopes his target will be suited to the demands of the National League North.

“He’s had along injury and I think he’s finishing professionally, so he’s going to come into non-league,” Greene said.

“His quality has been exceptional in training, so provided we can get him fit and keep him fit then it seems he wants to be at the football club.”

Bennett played 95 times for home-town club Forest and could well be the experienced head United’s young squad is crying out for.

“He’s been so great around the lads, talking to Kaine Felix after training, and his persona around the place has been exceptional,” Greene continued.

“A 30-year-old pro but willing to give something back to the game.

“He’ll be a real big assett to the football club. He’ll be great around the group, he’s a smashing lad.

“Hopefully we can get him fit and hopefully he can step up to, not the level, but the fitness capabilities and play every week.

“The demands of training only twice a week may be able to keep him fit.”

United are keen to find a left back following the departure of Rene Steer.

Bennett was unavailable to play during today’s 6-1 victory over Boston Town, but looks set to feature at Rossington Main on Tuesday.

Greene credited club scout Richard Boryszczuk with bringing the defender in on trial, adding: “Richard might have something to do with it, he has fingers in many pies.”