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Defender Gwynne Berry says re-signing for John Rains at Sutton United has been like coming back home.

After six months as manager of Dulwich Hamlet, Berry has returned to Gander Green Lane on a game-by-game basis - his fifth spell at the club.

The 38-year-old player left Sutton a year ago, but says a telephone conversation with John Rains convinced him to return.

I had quite a lot of clubs asking me to play for them, he said. Then John called and mentioned the side had not won in 10 games. He asked if I wanted to play again because he needed an experienced head to guide the team.

Signing for Sutton is like coming back home. I have had a taste of management and it is too much work, what with family life and running my own business. I appreciate being a player.

As a manager at non-league level, it is part-time pay, but almost a full-time job. As a player, I can just turn up, train and play.

Berry made his debut in Uniteds 2-0 Ryman League Premier Division win at Hitchin a result which led to a three-game winning run, before Tuesdays 3-1 defeat at Gravesend & Northfleet.

I was brought here to steady the ship and we got off to a good start, but losing on Tuesday was a disappointment.

But Berry is confident Sutton will give a good account of themselves in the double header with Aldershot. The two sides clash in the league at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday and four days later meet at the Recreation Ground in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The two games are very important and our record at Aldershot over the years has been good, said Berry.

Unfortunately, I am cup-tied for the second match, but I will be supporting the lads and hoping we get through.

Once he finishes playing, Berry says he will leave non-league football and concentrate on his business.

I cant see myself being a manager or a coach in non-league football working 70 to 80 hours a week is not fair on me or my family.

By.Russell Young

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