Ex­pe­ri­enced keeper Kenny so happy to be

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Charlie Tal­bot-Smith

PADDY KENNY’S con­tract at Bolton Wan­der­ers may be up next month, but the 36-year-old shot stop­per is adamant that there is plenty of life in the old dog yet.

And the for­mer Sh­effield United keeper ad­mits he is us­ing his cur­rent loan spell at Old­ham Ath­letic as a chance to put him­self in the shop win­dow for po­ten­tial suit­ors.

Although he missed much of the 2009-10 sea­son after be­ing banned for nine months for fail­ing a drugs test at Sh­effield United, the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional has never re­ally had to con­tend with life on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench in his 17 years in the pro­fes­sional game since earn­ing his move from Non-League Brad­ford Park Av­enue.

That is un­til this year when first Leeds United were happy to let him leave and then new club Bolton pre­ferred Andy Lon­er­gan be­tween the sticks.


Ini­tially signed as in­jury cover for Adam Bog­dan, Kenny’s deal at the Macron Sta­dium ends in Jan­uary and the seven-times capped in­ter­na­tional ad­mits he has strug­gled to come to terms with his fall from grace.

“I have been used to play­ing games for pretty much my whole ca­reer and then th­ese last nine months I have not been play­ing,” he said.

“Con­sid­er­ing that I am out of con­tract in about a month’s time, the move to Old­ham is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to try and put my­self in the shop win­dow.

“Just get­ting my face out there, be­ing part of the match-day prepa­ra­tion and be­ing back in­volved is a nice feel­ing.

“For my 15-16 years in the game, I have al­ways been play­ing week-in, week-out for what­ever club I have been at.

“I think I still have a lot to of­fer. I have got loads of ex­pe­ri­ence, which I think is the key for a goal­keeper and I am not that old in goal­keep­ing terms.

“Touch wood, I have been re­ally lucky with in­juries and I cer­tainly feel I have got a good few years left in me yet.”

What the im­me­di­ate fu­ture holds for Kenny re­mains un­clear. In­deed, the man him­self ad­mits he has no idea about po­ten­tial suit­ors in Jan­uary.

What is for sure, how­ever, is that Kenny has joined a club on the up in Old­ham, al­beit on loan.

And while the prospect of mak­ing the move to the Lat­ics per­ma­nent is yet to be dis­cussed, Kenny ad­mits he has been im­pressed by what he has seen at Bound­ary Park.

“When Adam Bog­dan was in­jured I made the move to Bolton,” he said.

“It was just a six-month deal and now I need to see what the sit­u­a­tion is and what my op­tions are mov­ing for­ward,” he added.

“I have not re­ally thought about it too much, though, I just want to get back to play­ing games.

“It takes some get­ting used to be­ing out of the team, but I’m re­ally en­joy­ing be­ing back. I didn’t have that much to do in my first week­end back with Old­ham.


“I was in the side straight­away and ob­vi­ously it’s great to be back play­ing.

“Old­ham are on a nice lit­tle run, so it’s good to be able to go in and help them out.”

The Lat­ics came into this week­end’s clash with Yeovil in sixth in the League One ta­ble with only one league de­feat since Au­gust.

And Kenny, who made his de­but in the 3-0 league win over Rochdale and backed that up in their 1-0 FA Cup sec­ond round de­feat to Don­caster Rovers last week, in­sists that au­to­matic pro­mo­tion is not out of the ques­tion for Lee John­son’s side.

“I don’t know if there’s that much dif­fer­ence be­tween League One and the Cham­pi­onship,” said Kenny. “It’s a very good stan­dard and here at Old­ham they knock it about re­ally well.

“I would be sur­prised if they didn’t chal­lenge for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion. I’ve barely been here a cou­ple of weeks but straight­away you can see how they like to play.

“And the lads all feel like they have more in the tank. In my first game we were com­fort­able and ev­ery­one af­ter­wards was dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance.

“If there is more to come from this team, then I think they can be look­ing at the play-offs or maybe even more.”


And while Kenny’s time at Bolton is about to come to an end, the keeper is quick to praise the work of Neil Len­non in turn­ing the Lan­cashire club’s for­tunes around.

He might not have played a game for the for­mer Celtic boss, but Kenny has seen enough of how Len­non works to be­lieve that the Trot­ters can look for­ward to a brighter sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“I spoke to Neil when the chance came up to go out on loan. He was re­luc­tant to let me leave but I was very keen to play some games,” he said.

“When Neil came in he took on a squad that was al­ready full of good play­ers, but play­ers that were very low on con­fi­dence.

“Neil is a tough man­ager who calls it how it is and is not scared to say what he re­ally thinks.

“Since he has ar­rived they have had some great re­sults and, to be quite hon­est, it could have been even bet­ter.

“When he came in they were sec­ond bot­tom, but things are look­ing up and that is credit to him.”

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