The former Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town man was goalkeeping coach at Nottingham Forest before making the move to join Neil Warnock's team earlier this week.

Bennett says it's been an enjoyable if intense intro to life at Boro, but knowing Warnock and his assistants Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson well, it has come as no surprise.

"It’s been good, it’s been hard, and there’s plenty to take in in the first few days," he said.

"But the goalkeepers have worked really well. I know the standards Neil and his coaching staff set and I know what he wants off players having been that side of things.

"He’ll work them intensely and make sure they are ready for the season."

Bennett says the Boro boss will be leaning on his expertise, and all the goalkeepers at the club will be given a chance to impress.

"At this moment he’s given me free rein to assess them and see where we are in that department," he said.

"My first impression is that we have a lot of goalkeepers, and the standards are there. 

"I sat them down, we had a little chat and said to them it’s a fresh start - you never know what will happen season to season. 

"I told them to enjoy it, and that we’ll help each other every step of the way.

"That’s what you want, the camaraderie, because we’ll probably see each other more than anyone else."

Joining Boro is the latest step in Bennett's coaching career, and he is setting sights as high as his new boss.

"It’s a fantastic club to come to, and one that I’m looking forward to being part of the plan," he said.

"We know what everyone associated with Middlesbrough wants - and if we set the standards high then hopefully we can achieve that."

Watch the full interview with Ian Bennett in the video player above.