Barnsley FC: Reds ace eager to sign

Tom Kennedy is optimistic about prospects under David Flitcroft
Tom Kennedy is optimistic about prospects under David Flitcroft
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BARNSLEY defender Tom Kennedy is hungry to sign a new deal with the Championship club.

The Star understands Kennedy is to be offered a two-year contract to stay at Oakwell having impressed last term.

And speaking exclusively to The Star, Kennedy revealed: “I want to sign as soon as possible! I’ve loved every second of playing for the club since I joined, it’s been brilliant. Barnsley is a club on the up and we’ve got a great set of lads. All the lads are excited about what we can achieve next season under David Flitcroft.

“I’d like to be a part of what the manager is building for next season, it could be a bright future.

“Everybody stepped up to the plate season to make sure we avoided relegation. It was an incredible effort because no one gave us a hope in hell of staying up.

“The form we showed in those 20-odd games with Flicker [Flitcroft] was brilliant.

“We were destined for the drop and we showed what we were made of. It was a fantastic achievement to stay up, definitely one of the highlights of my career.”

A versatile left-back and centre-back, Kennedy has impressed since joining the club on non-contract terms.

His tireless work ethic and desire to make a home for himself in South Yorkshire has brought it’s rewards when he discovered he was one of only seven players to be on the club’s ‘retained’ list.

And after a well-earned break, Kennedy is hoping to sit down with Flitcroft and put pen to paper on a new deal for the next two seasons.

“I think Flicker knows where I stand, he knows I want to stay at the club,” added Kennedy.

“It’s nice to be wanted again to be honest. Barnsley want me and the gaffer likes me.

“I used to play with Flicker at Bury and Rochdale when he was player-manager - and he’s always tried to help me get better in my career. I’ve always appreciated that and will always be thankful for his help.

“When I came to Barnsley I didn’t know whether I’d play much because Goldy [fellow left-back Scott Golbourne] was playing really well.

“If I’m being honest I probably expected to be playing in League One, but I was grateful for the chance at Barnsley and to be able to play.

“Goldy got injured and I got to play. If he’d have carried on playing like he did then I think he’d have probably ended up leaving at the end of the season. He was an outstanding performer.

“But you’ve got to take your chances whenever they come along - and thankfully I did. Hopefully we can a deal signed soon because I want to stay here.”