McManus goes for Benjamin Mk II

PUBLISHED: 12:50 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010

TOM BENJAMIN

TOM BENJAMIN

STRIKER Tom Benjamin is set to sign for Wisbech Town. The 20-year-old is the son of former Wisbech and current Soham Town Rangers manager Ian Benjamin. He impressed for Wisbech in the first 45 minutes of their friendly match with Boston United on Tuesday.

STRIKER Tom Benjamin is set to sign for Wisbech Town.

The 20-year-old is the son of former Wisbech and current Soham Town Rangers manager Ian Benjamin.

He impressed for Wisbech in the first 45 minutes of their friendly match with Boston United on Tuesday.

Wisbech manager Roy McManus is awaiting clearance from Benjamin's current club, UCL Premier Division Desborough Town, and hopes he will be available for tomorrow's home league match with Harwich and Parkeston.

Ian Benjamin was a centre-forward in the old English First Division for West Bromwich Albion and played for several other league clubs including Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Southend United before retiring in 1996.

McManus said: "Tom is very much a similar type of player to his father and has many of the same abilities.

"He's strong, can hold the ball up, has pace and he knows how to finish. He's got pretty much everything I look for in a striker, so I'm hoping he will be an important player for us."

If Benjamin does join, he would be the fourth striker McManus has signed this month, with Danny Foulsham, Darren Edey and Scott Cubberley recently added to the squad.

With Billy Smith and Stuart Cobb, McManus would have six first-team strikers at his disposal.

McManus said: "I'm always on the lookout for players if they become available and the price is right. It's good to have such firepower. We may just be a bit short of back-up in defence.

"I see that Tom would be battling for a place in the team with Darren Edey, because they are both good hold-up players and I couldn't play them both at the same time."

Benjamin was a part of Wisbech's youth set up as a teenager and followed his father to Soham before joining ­Desborough.

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