Boston United target Julian Bennett hopes to pass on advice the former Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Crystal Palace defender learned from greats such as Paul Merson and Andy Cole

Julian Bennett.
Julian Bennett.

Julian Bennett wants to take up a career in coaching when he finally hangs up his boots, and the defender hopes that Boston United will be just the place to help him with his ambitions.

The free agent is currently on trial at the Jakemans Stadium, and manager Dennis Greene has admitted he is keen on offering the left back a deal.

Julian Bennett.

Julian Bennett.

Bennett says the feeling is mutual, and he would love to pen a deal with the Pilgrims.

“It’s fantastic here, the boys have looked after me,” said Bennett, who is looking to get back to top gear after injury forced him out of the game for the whole of that last season.

“I’m just getting up to speed and getting some fitness.

“It’s so professional here, I’ve been really impressed. I’m enjoying every minute.”

Greene says he has been particularly impressed with Bennett’s willingness to pass on his experience to his young Pilgrims.

But the former Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Crystal Palace man believes he is just happy to give something back after being offered tips from the likes of former teammates Paul Merson and Andy Cole during his formative years.

“To be fair, for myself I’m looking to get into the coaching side,” Bennett told The Standard.

“This place is so professional and I want to pass on my experience to the younger players.

“Boston used to be in the League and its a fantastic place to be, geared up to getting back in the League.

“I always tried to help young lads throughout my career, the development of younger players is important to me.

“If we can see players move from Boston and play in the league that would be good. Hopefully, I can play a part in that.”

Reflecting on the advice that helped him carve out a career in the professional game, Bennett added: “It started out at Walsall, Paul Merson was good for that.

“Andy Cole was like that when he came to Forest.

“But it’s not just the big names, experienced pros were there giving you that advice.

“It means a lot and it does help in the professional game.

“Matt Carbon was a Nottingham lad at Walsall, so I looked up to those people.”

Bennett has retired from playing professional football due to a longstanding knee injury.

But after a year away from the game, he hopes that the less demanding lifestyle of a semi-pro could enable him to prolong his playing career.

He added: “Having that extra day to recover and prepare is important and that’s where I think the semi-pro side helps me.

“On the profesional side, to have to come straight back in and train at that high intensity, my body’s not able to do that.”

To read more from Julian Bennett, don’t miss the Boston Standard, out Wednesday.