Scot Bennett came through City’s centre of excellence system and played around 140 times before departing for Notts County and, later, Newport County for whom he was to play over 300 games.
Scot became an Exeter City trainee after leaving school in 2007 and signed professional in March 2008 aged 17. He played youth and reserve games before making the first-team bench without playing during 2008/09. By now Scot had signed an extension to his contract and enjoyed a period on loan at Weymouth during the second half of 2009/10.
Unusually, for a homegrown player, Scot hadn’t been blooded in a cup or trophy game before he made his first-team debut in a League One fixture against Swindon Town in March 2011 followed by another against Sheffield Wednesday in September 2011. From January 2012 Scot really started to lay claim to the central midfield position as he went on a run of games as the team battled against relegation. He would also find the net three times in 2011/12 including the final goal of the season in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.
With the club now in League Two Scot made 46 appearances in all competitions in 2012/13 when he also weighed in with half-a-dozen goals. It was almost exactly the same story the following season: 48 league and cup appearances, 6 goals. Now an established player, and seen to have a good career ahead of him, Scot was appointed club captain in July 2014 and kept up his run of games until the end of January after which he only played four more times.
These proved to be the final appearances of the eight seasons Scot spent at Exeter City since leaving school because, on 27 May 2015, he agreed a two-year contract at Notts County. At Meadow Lane, as would have been expected, Scot was straight into the team making his debut on the opening day of the season. Yet by October, and through to December, Scot was on loan to Newport before later seeing the season out at York City.
A rather more successful permanent move to Newport followed in July 2016 and, aside from being away from the club as it grappled with the financial fall-out from COVID-19, Scot remained with at Rodney Parade in 2022/23. After playing in all manner of memorable FA Cup games and play-offs along the way, Scot made his 300th appearance for Newport against Sutton United on 25 February 2023 before agreeing a further contract extension.
League 132; Cups 9 (141)