Poppies boss Cox tips Kennedy for a big future

Paul Cox believes Connor Kennedy has the potential to go on and play at a higher level.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 7:30 am
Connor Kennedy has been tipped to go on and play at a higher level by Kettering Town boss Paul Cox. Picture by Peter Short

Kennedy has become a key figure in the Kettering Town squad since joining the club from Corby Town in the summer.

The step up to the Vanarama National League North doesn’t seem to have been a problem for the midfielder whose combative style has already made him a firm favourite on the terraces.

Kettering confirmed last week that Kennedy had extended his current contract to May, 2022.

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And boss Cox believes that is good news for everyone.

“I personally think he has a lot of potential to go on and play higher,” the Poppies manager said.

“Connor has a couple of key strengths, the first of which is the willingness to work hard. But he is also always ready to listen, to learn and to grow as a player.

“If he carries on doing that then we will continuously have a good player at the club and I think he will go on and play at higher level.

“Put all of that together and the fact his contract has been extended is positive news for all parties.”

Cox, meanwhile, confirmed the Poppies are “continuously looking” to add to their squad for the run-in.

Kettering have been heavily linked with a move for experienced striker Matt Rhead, who remains a free agent, although that speculation seems to have coolled over the past week.

But Cox insists he remains in the market for fresh faces, although he is adamant he won’t be breaking the bank to make it happen.

“We are continuously looking to bolster the ranks,” he added.

“We will have Marcus Kelly back at the weekend (for the home game with Guiseley) which is a massive positive for us but we are looking and talking to players.

“But the players we are after are of a high quality so if we are talking to them, there will be a number of other clubs doing the same.

“I am not going to break the club’s wage structure and put it in any jeopardy just to sign players.”