Leeds United keeper closing on 600th appearance

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Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny will make his 600th career appearance if he features at Elland Road in Wednesday's Capital One Cup first-round clash against Chesterfield.

35-year-old Kenny, who joined Leeds for a fee of approximately £900,000 from QPR in July 2012, has been a first-team regular for the majority of a career that has also featured stints at Bury and Sheffield United. 

Kenny clocked-up 599 appearances during Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 win over fellow Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton, and says he would be delighted to reach such an impressive milestone in his next game.

"I heard that so hopefully if I do play on Wednesday night it will be a great achievement," Kenny told the official Leeds website.

"To look back over the last 13 or 14 years I don't think I'd have believed you if you'd said that I'd play that many games. Hopefully I can build on it and keep going past 600."

Kenny's participation against League Two opposition will depend solely on manager Brian McDermott's selection policy. 

McDermott, who is in his first full season in charge at Leeds, was known to favour a rotation policy in this competition at former club Reading, and could instead decide to hand the gloves to substitute 'keeper Jamie Ashdown or youngster Alex Cairns. 

"I don't mind the rotation," Kenny continued. "Jamie played in the cups last season and did really well. Sometimes it's nice to have a little bit of the pressure off you when you turn up for a game. 

"If the manager wants to play me every game then that is what I'll do. I'm available for every game."


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