Kennedy wants to repay Pool with survival

Tom Kennedy

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Tom Kennedy is grateful for another Championship chance at Blackpool and wants to repay the club by helping them dodge the drop.

The defender joined the Seasiders on loan from Rochdale just hours before making his debut in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Bolton.

It tops off an amazing year for the 29-year-old, who has played for four clubs in three divisions during 2014. Having been relegated from the Championship with Barnsley, he joined League One side Rochdale in the summer and was loaned out to League Two Bury has month.

Now he has two months to prove himself in the English game’s second tier after hometown club Bury agreed to terminate his spell there early.

“It’s been a topsy turvy few months for me,” Kennedy admitted. “I snapped Blackpool’s hand off. I want to play in the Championship.

“It’s a challenge every week at this level and from a young age I’ve wanted to play as high as possible.”

Kennedy is no stranger to a Championship relegation battle, having being part of David Flitcroft’s Barnsley side who defied the odds to stay up two seasons ago.

And he’s hoping that experience will come in handy at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “I don’t mind the situation we are in at all. I’ve been in this position before. I’m happy to be at a great club.

“It is achievable. We were written off at Barnsley and we pulled it off. The gaffer here is using the same sort of principles we did back then. You have to work really hard every day in training and that’s what the lads are willing to do here.”

Kennedy was pleased with his debut as he bids to secure a longer deal. His move to Pool is expected to be made permanent during the January transfer window.

“ I thought we deserved the win over 90 minutes,” he said. “I think we showed all the traits you want from a team fighting to get out of trouble.

“We just didn’t get the rub of the green. Maybe we dropped a little deep at times after they scored but I couldn’t see them breaking us down unless it was a set-piece.

“We defended so well as a team and I really thought we’d keep a clean sheet.

“But we go into Saturday’s game at Rotherham confident we can get out of this.

“If I play well the deal will be permanent – that’s the incentive for me. I have to keep putting in performances and kick on.”