Stevenage legend Ronnie Henry will head into one more season as a player in new surroundings - all thanks to son Louie.

The defender, now 40-years-old, has signed for Isthmian League Premier Division Potters Bar Town after three years with Royston Town.

And Henry, who made more than 500 appearances for Boro, revealed it had been on the cards ever since Louie arrived on loan in the second part of last season. 

He said: "I’ve been speaking to Max [Mitchell] and Liam [Hope] for a while and this came about purely from me coming over to watch my son Louie play on loan.

“When I came across to watch, I saw it was a nice club, a family club and a club that looks like they’re on the up.

"It appealed to me to be honest so after speaking to the manager over the last few months, it was something I wanted to go for and something I wanted to attack.

"What you can guarantee is I want to win games.

"I had a few offers but this was the one I wanted to give a go, to see where we can get to. There are a lot of plans for the future.

"How long I'll be here, I don't know, but for sure, this season, I'll give it everything I've got."

He has his own personal goals but collectively, he says the aim is as high as possible, and that shouldn't a fool's errand.

Henry said: "I want to be at the right end of the table, that is why I've come here, and the club have said we should be at the right end of the table, as long as we do things right.

"There are no guarantees for sure but we will give it our best shot possible and who knows where that will take us?

"We need to get off to a good start and I'm sure if we do, we'll be there or thereabouts."

Manager Max Mitchell said: "I'm delighted to get Ronnie signed and in the building.

"He is a proven winner who has a magnetic personality that will bring others on and through."

Ronnie Henry at his testimonial match in 2019, with son Louie to his left. Picture: JAKE COOKRonnie Henry at his testimonial match in 2019, with son Louie to his left. Picture: JAKE COOK (Image: Archant)

The signing also cements a burgeoning link between the Scholars and the League One club's academy, one that has seen the likes of Makise Evans, David Hicks, Theo Alexandrou and Rylee Mitchell play temporarily.

Louie Henry was the most recent and dad Ronnie wouldn't rule out a link-up in maroon next year.

"He absolutely loved his time here," said Ronnie. "He couldn't wait to get here and play games and go training with the players.

"The club made him feel really welcome.

"For me, him being here was a pull. I don't know whether he'll come back, we'll have to see, but for the moment I am here and I can't wait to get going."

Henry joins other summer signings in Jamie Dicks and Ryan Hervel while the club have added to their list of retained players.

That had already contained Brandon Adams, Louis Rose, Rickie Hayles and Ore Bello and now has been bolstered by four more.

Fresh from his young player of the year award, full-back Prosper Keto will be looking to add to his 43 appearances while the versatility of midfielder Isaac Currie promises to be a bonus.

Winger Samrai Gebrai is also back as is former Welwyn Garden City forward, Jordan Watson, who arrived at the Lantern Stadium late in the previous campaign.