KYLE BENNETT | MIDFIELD / FORWARD

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Telford
9.11.1990
5ft 5"
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PLAYER BIO

Vastly experienced former Football League player who joined the Pitmen in January 2022 after leaving Vanarama National League North neighbours AFC Telford United

Telford-born Bennett - alongside his brother, Shrewsbury Town winger Elliott Bennett - started his career at Wolves, with Kyle signing his first professional deal at Molineux in March 2009. He was a regular in the Wanderers' U21 team during the following season but failed to earn himself a new deal for the following season and was released in May 2010

After a two-week trial at Leicester City, Bennett had a similar spell at Port Vale before eventually signing for League two outfit Bury, again after a trial period, in August 2010. He was a regular starter for the Shakers in his one and only season at Gigg Lane, making fifteen starts and thirty-five overall, scoring twice

This brought his talents to the attention of other clubs, with Doncaster Rovers coming in for the player in July 2011. The transfer went to tribunal after both clubs struggled to agree on a fee for the player, with Rovers eventually paying £180,00 for the player

It proved to be money well spent for Doncaster, as Bennett was to play over 100 times for the club in the next four seasons, scoring sixteen times as Rovers flirted between the Championship and League One in one of the finest periods in the club's history.  Bennett himself was largely a regular for the team in his first two seasons there before being loaned out twice in 2013-2014 under manager Paul Dickov, joining Crawley Town for a month's spell in October 2014 before joining Bradford City on a successful long-term loan deal in January 2014 which ran until the end of the season

After coming back into contention and playing much of the 2014-2015 season, Dickov offered Bennett a new contract for the following season as his current contract came to an end, which he was keen to sign until an offer from Portsmouth arrived. Bennett elected to move to the south coast, becoming new manager Paul Cook's first signing and leaving Dickov unhappy at his actions

It was to prove another good move for the player, however, as his spell at Fratton Park was to prove a real success with 100 starts for the club in the next three seasons, earning him a League Two winner's medal in 2016-2017 as Portsmouth beat south coast rivals Plymouth Argyle to the title on goal difference

Despite signing a three-year contract extension in the summer of 2017, Bennett was released by Pompey in January 2018, where he made the move to League One rivals Bristol Rovers. He was a consistent figure for the club for the first eighteen months at the club, before dropping out of favour and was loaned to Swindon Town in January 2019 on a deal until the end of the season, where he made fourteen starts

In October 2020, with Gasheads manager Ben Garner deemed the player surplus to requirements at the Memorial Ground and allowed Bennett to join League Two strugglers Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season, where he was part of the Mariners' side that was relegated back to the National League at the end of the season

After his deal at Bristol Rovers came to an end, the free agent made his first foray into non-league football by returning to Telford to sign for his hometown club ahead of the 2021-2022 campaign. He made a handful of starts for the Bucks before being released in January 2022, where he linked up with the Pitmen ahead of their trip to Needham Market in the Pitching In Southern Premier League Central

Bennett's home debut was a resounding success with a man of the match performance in a 3-0 win over Peterborough Sports and was a regular starter for the remainder of the season as the inconsistent Pitmen finished ninth in the Southern Premier League Central. In May 2022, Bennett put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the club and was also appointed the club's new vice-captain for the 2022-2023 season