Kenny Davis happy to stay at Braintree Town
BRAINTREE Town skipper Kenny Davis has described his decision to remain at the Amlin Stadium as a “no-brainer” after the England C international elected to remain with Iron for another season.
Davis enjoyed a fine campaign as skipper of the Essex club last season as Iron cruised to a comfortable mid-table finish in their first-ever attempt at Blue Square Bet Premier football.
Davis’ form last season saw him earn international honours – and with another opportunity pending with the C team in Russia, on June 5th, the midfielder is looking forward to building his reputation even further.
“It was easy as pie to stay,” said Davis, who along with McDonald will be in contention for a place in the International Challenge Trophy Group A game at Moscow Dynamo’s Khimky Arena.
“With what Braintree offered me it was a no-brainer and I am sorted nice and early which means I will not be in a dogfight to try and sign for another club.
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“I am at a good club already and being here has helped me raise my profile, while playing for England has also raised the club’s profile too, which is good.”
The 24-year-old former Grays schemer scored three goals in 39 appearances for Iron last season and played an instrumental part in Alan Devonshire’s team along with the likes of strikers Sean Marks and Ben Wright, defender Aswad Thomas and goalkeeper Nathan McDonald.
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Highly-rated McDonald has agreed to stay with the part-time outfit for another season, as has Marks, while Thomas has another year left to run. As for Wright, he has chosen to join up with Town’s Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Forest Green, a move that Davis hopes works well for the 23-year-old.
“Ben had a good year and I wish him all the luck in the world,” said Davis.
“He was brilliant for us, his ability was top draw and he is as good as anyone in the league. I hope he and Forest Green progress.
“But we have managed to keep hold of Sean and Nathan and they are part of the spine of the team and that is important to do that.”
Wright was offered a deal he could not refuse according to Braintree boss Devonshire and while Iron will not be one of the big-spenders this summer, Davis feels they have the ability, with one of two additions, to improve on last season’s 12th-placed finish.
“As a footballer and a club, you have always got to try and improve and if you don’t set yourself targets then you are not going to do that,” said Davis.
“I think quite a few of the players have agreed to stay at the club and I know the manager only wants to make one or two changes.
“There were plenty of positives to take from last season and with one or two tweaks here and there, I am confident we can have another good season.
“The play-offs would be brilliant.”