The 23-year-old striker reached the milestone in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Wigan, and he scored his second goal in as many league games to mark the occasion.
‘Benty’ started his league career with Ipswich in November 2001, and over the next six years he has become one of the most feared forwards in the land.
His recent form in front of goal for us has been typical of what he’s become renowned for, but Darren is just concentrating on reaching the next landmark in his flourishing career.
He said: “There’s no way I’d have imagined making 200 league appearances at this stage in my career. I didn't even have a clue how many appearances I’d made until I got told!
“It’s a great milestone to get to. Michael Dawson reached it just the other week, so it was nice for him as well. But the main thing is that I kick on from here and maybe get another 200 under my belt.
“It’s nice to be getting minutes on the pitch. It all seems to be coming together now and I’m getting a few goals, so hopefully there will be many more to come.
“I missed a couple of chances earlier in the season and it was playing on my mind a bit, so it has been good to score with two decent finishes. But the main thing is that the team are getting the points and performing now.”
For the record, Darren's double-century comprises 122 matches for Ipswich Town, 68 for Charlton Athletic and 10 since joining us during July. His League goals tally stands at 83.
Darren Bent can hardly believe he has already played 200 league games in his short career.