Preston joins the Bees having made well over 100 appearances at Football League level, his signature was highly sought after by a number of fellow National League clubs and this signing comes as a welcome boost with the new season on the horizon.
The 25-year-old started his playing days as a youth player at Walsall, where he captained their under-18 side before signing a professional deal in 2014. He went on to make 41 senior appearances for the Saddlers before making a move to Swindon Town in 2017.
The 6ft centre half made a further 21 appearances in his first season with the Robins, scoring on two occasions. Preston’s inaugural and only season with the Wiltshire Club was cut short after he received a serious knee injury which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
Our newest recruit, who is likely to partner with fellow new addition Ben Nugent, moved closer to home when he joined his former club Mansfield Town in 2018. He spent two seasons with Mansfield, where he made 68 appearances during his time with the Club.
His significant Football League experience will come as a huge boost to Peter Beadle, who will be relying on Preston to be a focal point in our defensive line.
We’d like to welcome Matt to the Club and we look forward to seeing him play a big part in the 2020/21 campaign!
Stay tuned for an interview with our new centre back, which will feature on the Club Website shortly.