The roller coaster cliche is here again for Blackpool Football Club but this time it is for a player arriving at the club not the club itself.
Tom Kennedy has played for six teams in his 12 year career. In that time he has had two spells with Bury, two spells with Peterborough United and remarkably three spells with Rochdale. Kennedy is currently on loan at rock bottom Blackpool from the Greater Manchester side. Kennedy will be hoping for some stability in his career now, having played for four different clubs in 2014 alone.
Kennedy has struggled with injuries and lack of first team opportunities over his career limiting his game time since leaving Rochdale in 2010 (apart from his two seasons with Barnsley).
Kennedy told the Blackpool Gazette: “It’s been a topsy turvy few months for me. I snapped Blackpool’s hand off. I want to play in the Championship.
“It’s a challenge every week at this level and from a young age I’ve wanted to play as high as possible.”
Kennedy managed to get himself registered just in time for the home game against Bolton Wanderers and did himself no harm as he went straight into the starting line up ahead of Joan Oriol and Charles Dunne. Kennedy, however, nearly had a nightmare start to his Blackpool career when he attempted a long back pass to Joe Lewis but instead of it going all the way back to his goalkeeper it was gifted to the advancing Bolton striker Craig Davies.
Kennedy was lucky that it amounted to nothing more than a free kick and a yellow card for the fortunate goalkeeper Joe Lewis. Again, despite this mistake Kennedy looked assured and confident in a Blackpool side who are still looking for their first win under recently appointed manager Lee Clark.
Tom Kennedy will be hoping his confident performance against Bolton has credited him with another start against Rotherham United and Kennedy wants to give everything to Blackpool to make sure that they avoid relegation to League One, a similar story to his time at Barnsley. Kennedy told the Blackpool Gazette, “I don’t mind the situation we are in at all. I’ve been in this position before. I’m happy to be at a great club.
“It is achievable. We were written off at Barnsley and we pulled it off. The gaffer here is using the same sort of principles we did back then. You have to work really hard every day in training and that’s what the lads are willing to do here.”