Bene: From Contract Renewal to Injury Recovery

Speaking at lunchtime, Dunfermline captain, Kyle Benedictus, shared his delight on signing a two-year extension to his contract and candidly discussed his journey to recovery from a recent foot injury:-

“I’m delighted. It’s been spoken about for a few weeks now. I knew it was going to happen; it was just a matter of time.  It’s good news for me and the club, I’ve enjoyed my time here ever since I’ve stepped in the door. I’m hoping we can keep pushing on, we’ve had a good start to the season as well. We just need to keep going.” 

The captain stressed the importance of the extension in providing a sense of security for his family, highlighting, “I’ve got two kids now so it’s security for them as well. The family is happy, so it couldn’t be any better.”

The camaraderie within the squad is built on a foundation of togetherness and Kyle suggested this aided his desire to stay. “You can see the loan boys from last year were signed on a deal. Lewis McCann has just signed his deal, so there’s a gel in the squad that we’ve got. The boys that have come in in the summer have added to that, and it’s a right good group of boys we’ve got here.”

Looking to the future, Kyle is considering expanding his horizons. As he revealed his plans for the next two years, he mentioned, “I’m currently in process of getting my badges done. You need to do a few years of the C License, your B License.  I’ll be doing that over the next two years but my main focus is on playing and seeing how far this team can go.”

Using his usual caution, the 31 year old captain refused to be drawn into making season predictions. He firmly stated, “It’s the old cliché, we need to take it a game at a time. Most fans would accept the start we’ve had but we want to keep pushing on.”

Unfortunately, a cloud looms over those ambitions. Kyle sustained an injury in a match against Inverness on 2nd September, breaking his third metatarsal. Reflecting on his recovery timeline, he said, “The specialist said it could be between six and 12 weeks. I’m doing single-leg hopping, so that’s a big plus – and there’s no pain.” 

While eager to return, he is cautious, confessing, “I hate being injured, I’ve probably been a pain in the backside for the physio because I’m no good when I’m on that treatment table. But it needs to be done, I don’t want to be too overeager to try and come back and then something happens when I come back and then I’m out for weeks again. I’m trying to manage it as best as possible.”

For Kyle Benedictus, the two-year contract extension signifies more than a career milestone; it marks a period of aspiration, determination, and, most importantly, hope. With his unwavering spirit, Dunfermline can anticipate his return with optimism.

Kyle Benedictus extends his stay at Dunfermline

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