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Watford defender Dale Bennett is set to join Forest Green Rovers
4:48pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in Sport
Forest Green Rovers will sign Watford defender Dale Bennett on a two and a half year deal subject to a medical.
The 23-year-old has not played for the Hornets this season and has been unable to force his way into Gianfranco Zola's first team plans.
The centre-back has had two loan spells away from Vicarage Road during the campaign, the first at League Two side AFC Wimbledon and then at League One side Yeovil Town.
Bennett will link up with former Hornets coach David Hockaday, who manages Rovers, as well as ex-Watford players Al Bangura, Eddie Oshodi, Keiron Forbes, and Jamie Collins.
Bennett made his debut for the Hornets in 2008 as a substitute in a 1-0 League Cup win over West Ham United.
He had to wait until the 2009/2010 season to make his debut in the Championship but went on feature ten times for the Hornets in that campaign.
He remained in the first team squad during the following season and played 12 further games for Watford.
However, his first team opportunities were limited under former Hornets boss Sean Dyche and the centre-back joined Brentford on loan.
He played just twice for the Hornets under Dyche and hasn't featured at all since the arrival of Zola.
Bennett played a total of 25 games for Watford with 22 of those appearances coming in the Championship.