Shaw wants to keep keeper Kennedy for three years

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town'Inkersall Road, Staveley'14th January 2015''Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell
Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town'Inkersall Road, Staveley'14th January 2015''Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell

Jon Kennedy could be the Worksop Town keeper for the next three years to finish his career where it all began, says boss Mark Shaw.

The manager said he was delighted with his first summer signing, replacing the departed Jon Stewart with an even more experienced ex-professional.

Shaw, who has a three-year contract at Sandy Lane, hopes Kennedy will remain between the posts for the duration of that time.

“He’s coming back to the club that set him on his way, and if he does finish his career with us in three years time it’s a great full circle for him,” he said.

“We’ve targeted three years together, I would like him to stay for that length of time.”

Shaw believes the prospect of a title challenge will excite the 34-year-old stopper.

“He’s an ex-pro but he still wants to play, he’s got that buzz and I think it’s a good combination.

“He gives us experience, ability and he’s a true professional.

“He wants to get us back up into the Ev-Stik and I wanted someone I wouldn’t have to do much work with. I think he likes the idea of playing the kind of football we play – he hasn’t had the chance to play that way for the past few years.”

As well as being popular with the Tigers faithful, Shaw expects his new stopper to be a hit with the club’s youngsters: “He’s someone who will help develop the players, he’ll be popular with the fans.”

“You don’t need him to do a Cruyff turn on the edge of the box, you just need him to be a reliable keeper.”