I am delighted to see Robbie Benson finally get his chance to showcase his undoubted talents with Dundalk next season.
A fantastic servant to UCD and Athlone Town, Robbie has earned his chance to become one of the top midfielders in the country over the next few years.
Wise and full of insight this sagacious character now has the football world at his feet.
Armed with an undergraduate degree in Maths & Chemistry and then a Masters in Actuarial Science, Robbie in my view has demonstrated how important education is in his life.
A lot of parents of young players should take note here.
I have to admit I had to google what Actuarial Science was about.
Actuarial Science is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions.
Actuaries are professionals who are qualified in this field through intense education and experience.
In many countries, actuaries must demonstrate their competence by passing a series of thorough professional examinations and I have no doubt that Robbie will pass his test of becoming one of the Country’s top midfielders next season.
Stephen Kenny has undoubtedly scooped a major signing in his quest for 3 in a row championships.
But I must stress he is not a Richie Towell or Daryl Horgan he is Robbie Benson.
A player that can play in a number of positions from an attacking perspective but when needed can play a holding midfield role as good as anyone I have seen in this league.
He has an eye for goal and accepts collective responsibility in developing team work.
He loves training and always wants to improve aspects of his game.
The modern game cries out for more well-rounded soccer intelligent players.
Players who can understand how to problem solve within a split second of an action.
Robbie understands, perception, understanding, decision making and execution all key stages of problem solving in soccer.
Performance today depends very much on vision and decision making skills, two aspects which have to be considered more than ever in training in order to improve a player‘s capacity of playing the game at the highest level.
Stephen Kenny will know after the first week just how special a player he has signed and barring injuries I believe Robbie will play a big part in Dundalk achieving the dream of 3 in a row.