Aims to make his late mum proud

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amaz­ing and my old man was look­ing af­ter me and ad­vis­ing me.

“I’ve been through a lot worse in my life than just an in­jury. As soon as I got go­ing again on the tread­mill and the cy­cling, I knew I was go­ing to be al­right.”

Of course, the loss of his mother hit even harder than the knee in­juries.

Hendry re­called: “I was young, only 12 when it hap­pened and I took a year out from Black­burn’s Academy.

“My dad gave me the op­tion and I said I wouldn’t mind a break. There was no time of my own, with school and train­ing at night. Dad thought I needed a so­cial life af­ter ev­ery­thing that had hap­pened.

“Men­tally, it was im­por­tant af­ter ev­ery­thing I had been through. It helped me in a lot of ways.

“But foot­ball, and get­ting on the pitch, was the only place I could go not to worry about any­thing. As long as I was play­ing, I was happy, and the in­juries have made me not take foot­ball for granted. You only get one ca­reer.”

Hendry wasn’t aware of his dad’s suc­cess-strewn ca­reer on both sides of the bor­der when he was grow­ing up.

“My dad had re­tired and was coach­ing at Clyde and Black­pool, but I was on You Tube all the time watch­ing him,” said Hendry. “I wish I had been old enough to see him play but I can watch videos and mo­ti­vate my­self from them.

“My dad has been the big­gest in­flu­ence, a back­bone for me and my sis­ters and brother.

“He had a hard time af­ter mum passed away but I wouldn’t be where I am with­out him.

“I thought when I signed a pro­fes­sional con­tract he would in­volve him­self more. But he has al­ways taken a step back. If I need ad­vice, I ask him. I know he is al­ways there for me.”

Hendry is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity he has been given at McDiarmid Park, with man­ager Tommy Wright pre­dict­ing big things for the highly-mo­ti­vated teenager.

“I’ve en­joyed ev­ery minute of it here, the foot­ball and the life­style,” said Hendry. “I want to achieve some­thing in Scot­land, just like my old man.

“Mak­ing my mum and dad proud is the big­gest mo­ti­va­tion I have.

“I re­mem­ber when I was six or seven at Black­burn and play­ing seven-a-side. She’d be stand­ing in the cor­ner watch­ing, with a big furry coat on, a big furry hat and a cup of tea.

“See­ing me play first-team foot­ball would have meant so much to her so it re­ally drives me to make it hap­pen.”

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