Saint Albans City right back Ben Herd has spoken about his excitement at taking on the manager’s role at Hertford Town.

The Saints’ defender has ended a three-year spell with the club to take on his first managerial position at a club that has seen a high turnover of managers over the last year.

Herd, who runs a football academy of his own, said he was looking forward to the challenge presented by the next stage in his football career.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Hertford Town manager,” he said.

“It represents a new challenge for me but one I will attack with the same passion, determination and commitment that I have given to all the clubs I have represented during my playing career.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you and farewell to St Albans City.

“It was always a dream of mine to come back and play for my hometown again, where it all began as a six year old.

“I wish them all the success in the future.”

A club statement from Hertford Town said they were “delighted” to confirm Herd as manager and that he would be starting in the role with immediate effect.

It said: “Ben enjoyed a long and successful career with Shrewsbury Town and Aldershot Town.

“Please join us in wishing Ben every success.”