Kennedy: I'd consider permanent move

PUBLISHED: 10:15 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 September 2010

Defender John Kennedy is enjoying life at Carrow Road. Photo: Adrian Judd

Defender John Kennedy is enjoying life at Carrow Road. Photo: Adrian Judd

Defender John Kennedy has admitted he is open to making his stay at Carrow Road a permanent one once his loan from Celtic expires in January.

The 25-year-old Scot joined Norwich from the Scottish Premier League champions at the start of the season having missed three years of football due to a serious knee injury.

Defender John Kennedy has admitted he is open to making his stay at Carrow Road a permanent one once his loan from Celtic expires in January.

The 25-year-old Scot joined Norwich from the Scottish Premier League champions at the start of the season having missed three years of football due to a serious knee injury.

But the centre-back has already looked in dominant form on his return to competitive action and while getting back a first team place at Parkhead is still in Kennedy's thoughts, a prolonged stay with the Canaries is not out of the question.

“I think that's going to be up to Celtic and Norwich, but obviously I'm enjoying my time here so far, so long may that continue and you never know what is around the corner,” said the Scotland international, who wants to get back into Bhoys' manager Gordon Strachan's plans.

“Yeah, that is the aim, but at the end of the day Celtic isn't where everything stops. I think you have to look at yourself and if it's not going to be there, then you have to move on elsewhere and get your career back on track.

“But I think we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. We'll know nearer the time, in January, a bit better what is going to happen.”

One helping hand has been his family joined him in Norwich from Scotland, and he admitted the area could have a bearing if he did decide to move.

“Maybe in the future; I think just now it's all about being at Norwich and getting football and trying to do well. Then obviously after that, we can take things into consideration and take them from there.”

For now, Kennedy is grateful for settling in well at the heart of the Norwich defence alongside fellow new recruit Dejan Stefanovic and although City remain winless this season, the Scot thinks that will soon change.

“The team have played well in the games but results haven't fallen away, but I'm sure in the coming weeks that will fall into place,” added Kennedy.

“He [Dejan] has been really good. I think, obviously for the both of us, it is something new again and the two of us have to get used to one another.

“It is always difficult coming into somewhere new but I think we've coped pretty so far. It has been pretty easy to get used to the way Dejan plays and hopefully it has been likewise for him.”

Norwich fans will be hoping the weekend was an early turning point for City's fortunes - coming from two goals down to take a point in Cardiff on Saturday.

“I think it's probably given us a little lift,” said Kennedy. “It was getting to the point where things really weren't going our way. We've conceded three penalties in three games and we have been unlucky not to come away with probably six points out of the first two games.

“We've struggled to score a bit and then Arturo's come on and scored two, and I think we've just been waiting on that reaction, for us just to get a goal or two in a game.

“We've showed great character. At 2-0 down, we could easily put our heads down and think the game is over, but we certainly didn't do that and pushed all the way to the end. So to come away with a point after going 2-0 down is a good result, but we have to start picking up three points from now on.”

That mood is something Kennedy hopes his current side can take into Saturday's game against promotion favourites Birmingham City at Carrow Road, minus their newfound habit of conceding penalties.

“I don't think it has been on our minds, it has just seemed to happen. It's been a bit unlucky; the penalty at Coventry was very soft and at the weekend, you could say it's a bit soft again.

“But we just need to focus on our own games, forget about all that and look forward to Birmingham,” said Kennedy. “It is obviously going to be a tough game but we don't change our preparation for any team. We just do our own thing, same as we did last week and the week before, and hopefully this weekend we can get three points.”

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