Barnsley: New boy Tom Kennedy poised for Reds debut

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NEW signing Tom Kennedy could make his Barnsley debut tonight in front of the Sky cameras at Birmingham City.

Former Bury, Rochdale and Leicester City full-back Kennedy penned a deal until January 2 with the Reds yesterday with a view to a potential permanent transfer in the future.

And his signature has come just in time for the Reds’ 5.20pm kick-off with Birmingham at St Andrews.

With Bobby Hassell suspended for one more match and defenders John Stones, Rob Edwards and Jimmy McNulty both out injured, Kennedy could be thrust straight into the action.

But Reds boss Keith Hill could avoid taking a gamble on Kennedy - who has not played yet this season - and has hinted that midfielder David Perkins could slot in at the right-back spot with regular full-back Stones missing with an ankle injury picked up in Tuesday night’s 2-1 away defeat to Championship leaders Blackburn Rovers.

Kennedy started five times for Leicester in the Championship towards the end of last season and also featured three times as substitute for the Foxes.

However, the 27-year-old agreed to have his contract cancelled by mutual consent last month having been told he had no future at the King Power Stadium.

Hill could welcome back winger Matty Done for his side’s visit to the Midlands, although wingers Toni Silva and Jim O’Brien are both still recovering from injuries, as is striker Mido.

Goalkeeper Luke Steele is likely to start on the substitutes bench as he continues his gradual recovery from a troublesome groin injury.

The Reds have not won away in the league this season having lost all of their away fixtures against Wolves, Brighton and more recently Blackburn.

In fact the Reds have not won away from home in the league since last January when they beat Leicester 2-1 thanks to a brace from former striker Andy Gray.

That’s an alarming run of 13 games without an away league win, with Hill understandably keen to improve his side’s results on their travels.

“Let’s put it (our away form) into context; the teams we’ve played away from home like Wolves, Brighton and Blackburn, who are all in the top four or five in the league,” said Hill. “They’ve been difficult games.

“The only one real negative was the Brighton game, but the players have learned a lot and come a long way since that game.

“They’re (Birmingham) warming into the season under a new coach and a new (coaching) team. They did the same last season.”

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