Hemel Hempstead Town new-boy Ben Herd believes team spirit will play a major part in the club’s fortunes next season, writes Matt Riggs.
The defender joins the Tudors with plenty of Football League experience and was promoted from the Conference South with Boreham Wood last campaign.
For the coming season, we don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves. Let’s just see what happens and maybe we’ll surprise a few people.Ben Herd
He said: “I’m delighted to join Hemel and I want to enjoy my football here. I think I’ll add experience to the team but I’m still quick and sharp and think I’ve still got plenty to offer.
“The lads last season at Boreham Wood were fantastic and it was certainly team spirit that got us promoted. It will be a huge factor for the season ahead.”
The 29-year-old, whose impressive CV lists Shrewsbury Town and Aldershot Town as previous employers, revealed that he almost signed for Hemel a number of times in the past.
“I’ve been speaking to the club for about 18 months now, and when I left Aldershot I almost joined then,” he continued. “But, the timing wasn’t quite right at that point.
“I still had a few other aspirations like playing abroad, so the move didn’t materialise. Instead, I went on to sign for Dunstable.”
And it was at the Blues that Herd set up the academy he runs now, which also played in his eventual move to Vauxhall Road.
“Boreham Wood are in the Conference National now, which means more travelling and with my academy at Dunstable, Hemel was the best option which I’m over the moon about.
“I’ve had hours and hours of dialogue with Dean [Brennan] and Stuart [Maynard] and they’ve really sold what they want to do to me. It’s a progressive club and they play their football in the right way.”
“For the coming season, we don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves. Let’s just see what happens and maybe we’ll surprise a few people.”