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Bennett striving for improvement in new campaign

The attacker reacts to new contract...

27 May 2021

Mason Bennett is "100% committed" to The Lions after putting pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract - and wants the 2021/22 season to be "even better" than his successful 2020/21 campaign.

The 24-year-old made 41 appearances in last year's condensed schedule, scoring six goals, forming a central striking partnership with Jed Wallace in the latter part of the season.

The attacker will now continue his time at the club, which began with a loan spell in January 2020.

"I'm delighted," Bennett said to "I spoke to the gaffer and Joe [Carnall] just before the end of last season and it was something they wanted to do. They asked me if I was willing, which I 100% was - I'm committed to my future at this club.

"I haven't played that many games in a season in my career, so obviously I'm delighted to get the minutes. Also, to add goals to my game, that's what you dream about as a kid. It's been a good season personally, but I'm looking forward to next season being even better.

"When I first signed on loan, the gaffer's idea was to play me through the middle eventually, whether that be with Jed or whoever was in that position. I've always been a striker and I've always wanted to play as a striker, it's just out of circumstance that I've found myself on the wing. However, wherever I play, I'll always try to score goals."

The biggest absence during the last season was that of supporters inside stadiums on a matchday, and Bennett cannot wait to see the fans return in their droves at the beginning of 2020/21.

"I'm really happy to be here and I appreciate the support from the fans back home. I'm gutted we couldn't have them [at games] this season, but next season I can't wait to have them back. There was a few games where we really needed them, so to have them back in the ground - and following us up and down the country - will be great."

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