Unknown to most, Ben Heneghan could be one to watch out for in the 2018/19 season, following his recent loan switch from Sheffield United to Blackpool.
Born in Manchester, Ben spent two years at Everton’s academy before being released and briefly snapped up by Stoke in 2012. After two years in the under 21 side, The Potters also didn’t see Ben worthy of a new contract and he was released in 2014. The dawn of the 2014/15 season saw him relocate to the then Conference Premier side Chester FC, where he pitched in with 6 goals in 44 games, helping Chester to a 12th placed finish.
It was Ben’s remarkable defending that helped Chester remain in the Conference with a largely semi-professional team. His towering 6ft 3in build also makes him useful in both boxes. These qualities caught the eye of many clubs, including Burnley and Ipswich. However, Ben decided on a rather unorthodox move far north to Motherwell.
Ben played 50 games for Motherwell in all competitions. His performances had impressed enough to earn him a move to newly-promoted Sheffield United. Unfortunately, the Championship seemed a step too far at this stage and Heneghan failed to make a single appearance for Chris Wilder’s men in the league, only managing to conjure up two FA Cup appearances.
By the summer of 2018, Heneghan and United decided that his insufficient playing time warranted a loan spell. He decided on Blackpool, desperate to rejuvenate the potential he had. Ben may fit in well at Blackpool as their club is slowly being refilled with optimism as the shambolic Oystons slowly depart the club.
Both Blackpool and Heneghan are exciting prospects ahead of the 2018/19 season. And if Ben can manage to demonstrate his defensive expertise as well as his eye for goal he showed at both Chester and Motherwell, there is nothing stopping him and Blackpool having a wonderful season. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see him playing higher up the footballing pyramid in the near future.