Ben is a central midfielder with good football stock, with father Craig having made 25 appearances for Boro and over 250 for Darlington.
Ben signed his first professional contract with us in October 2016 in a season where he made 24 appearances with our U18s and four with the U23s.
His development continued the following season with more game with the U18s and U23s as well as a short loan spell with Blyth Spartans.
During the 2018/19 season, Ben was an unused sub for two first team games in the Carabao Cup, at home to Rochdale and away to Preston. He made 12 appearances with the U23s and three in the Checkatrade (Football League) Trophy, including when we won our first-ever in the competition, 1-0 at Burton on November 7 2018.
He joined Forest Green Rovers on loan in January 2019, making two appearances, with a further three on the bench.