Sheffield United: Kennedy on course for key role

Sheffield United defender Terry Kennedy has impressed manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United defender Terry Kennedy has impressed manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Terry Kennedy is on course to become Sheffield United’s first-choice centre-half, manager Nigel Clough has revealed, after expressing his admiration for the youngster’s no-holds-barred approach, writes James Shield.

Clough made the admission after acknowledging it was “probably a mistake” to name Kennedy on the bench for Tuesday’s FA Cup defeat by Preston North End.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter at Gillingham, he told The Star: “We are massive fans of Terry here. He gives absolutely everything, leaves nothing behind, and is very aggressive and committed in everything he does.

“Also, for someone in his position, he’s got a lovely habit of being able to head a ball away to safety and blocking shots.

“You can’t have too many people in a squad with the attitude that Terry’s got. That’s why we were so keen to get him tied down to a new deal because, like Jamie Murphy, we view him as a very important player.”

Like Murphy, Kennedy agreed a contract extension before last weekend’s win over Swindon Town lifted United to sixth in the table. The 21-year-old, a graduate of their Redtooth Academy, underwent surgery to correct a long-standing knee problem during the close season and, after Clough’s show of faith, has been reaping the benefits since.

“When you have got someone who gives everything to the club, like Terry does, it’s only right that you show them the same respect,” Clough said. “Terry had been carrying a problem there for a while and it hindered him so the best thing for him was to get it sorted-out properly.

“We’ve still got to be careful he’s in much better shape to show what he can do. Terry’s had to wait a long time for his chance but he’s knocking on that door now, he really is.”

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