Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has revealed his respect for Terry Kennedy, describing the young centre-half as one of Bramall Lane’s bravest players.
Despite acknowledging Kennedy would benefit from “some more games” after fitness problems overshadowed the start of his career, Adkins believes the Steelphalt Academy graduate’s combative approach will prove invaluable this term.
“I can’t speak highly enough about him as a character,” Adkins said. “He’s had to come through a really bad knee injury but, all being well, he’s through the back of that now.
“Consistency of training helps and he’s had several games in the under-21s as well now and came on in the second half at Port Vale. He’s on the right road and some more games would be beneficial for him.”
Kennedy, who made his 24th senior appearance at Fleetwood Town last week, has tasted defeat in only nine per cent of his games for United since featuring against Swansea City four years ago.
“I am full of admiration for Terry with the injuries he’s had to come through,” Adkins added. “It’s been tough for him and we’ve got to appreciate he’s a very young man who grinds away and grafts. He’s had to deal with a bad injury, so it was great for him to get 90 minutes in.
“He got through the game, was brave and played really well and the team kept a clean sheet. The consistency of performance and getting out on the training ground regular is the thing.
“We have to help manage him as he’s had a serious injury and he’s a physical, robust player. Sometimes, when you are that, you need a little bit longer to recover.
“Terry always gives everything. He puts everything in. His attitude and sheer desire are second to none.”