Tom Bender said it was a no-brainer to re-sign for St Albans City and believes there is no reason why they cannot go one better than last year and make the end-of-season play-offs.

The full-back sat out City’s opening pre-season fixture against Northampton Town with a slight thigh strain. But he revealed there was no doubt of him returning to the Saints.

Speaking to the Herts Ad he said: “I’ve been here nearly three years now and I’ve enjoyed it since I’ve been here and I’ve especially enjoyed it since Ian took over.

“We have a good relationship and it was an easy decision to stay on.”

Being one of the longest-serving members of the squad, Bender has had the ups and downs of a relegation battle as well as last season’s brave but ultimately fruitless chase of a play-off spot. And even with the strength of the opposition in the Vanarama National League South this time around, Bender says that disappointment will help spur the team on to do better.

“You think it about I don’t think it affects how we approach this year,” he said. “It is going to be a different team, we haven’t kept everyone from last year, and you look at the teams that are coming into the league and I think you’ll be naive and silly not to think last year was a better chance than this.”

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