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Interview: Dan Bentley relishing testing himself in League 1 with the Blues

29 June 2015

Dan can't wait to get started again ahead of the 2015-16 campaign in the third tier.

Southend United goalkeeper Dan Bentley is raring to go ahead of the 2015-16 season in League 1 with the Club following their return via the play-offs.

The 21-year-old stopper was a regular in the side last season and played his part in the Final, saving a couple of penalties and Blues returned to the third tier.

But the custodian admits the win at Wembley against Wycombe Wanderers still hasn’t sunk in.

“I don’t think Wembley has hit home yet,” he said.

“It won’t sink in until the first game of the season. It’s a standard off-season and it’s calmed down now. Leading up to the Fleetwood game it’ll really hit home.

“Doncaster, Sheffield United, Blackpool and Millwall are all big clubs in this league. There’s Championship clubs in League 1. It’ll be a tough league but we’re all relishing testing ourselves against those better sides in the division – no disrespect to League 2.”

And with the fixtures out during the off-season, Bentley admits it was a certain game against a local side, which he was looking out for when they were released earlier this month.

“The break has gone really quick and was slightly shorter due to the play-offs – it was certainly worth it though. The first fixture I looked out for was Colchester. It’ll be my first derby and is one I’m really looking forward to – as I’m sure the fans are as well!”

Pre-season returns next week, and despite being  in between the sticks for his local Club, Dan is quite to point out that it’s not just the outfield players that do the running!

“We goalkeepers do a fair amount of the running as well! I’m not a huge lover of pre-season to be honest. I’m buzzing for the season to start. There’s a lot of excitement and I just want the competitive season to start now.

“The pre-season games are about brushing up on things and getting re-acquainted with everyone, and I’m looking forward to starting again.”

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