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Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson rules out Jason Kennedy loan move
Jason Kennedy in action against Hartlepool – one of just three appearances he has made for City this season
Jason Kennedy will not be going out on loan as he looks to make up for lost time at Valley Parade.
The central midfielder finally made his league debut for City at the weekend – two months into the season.
It has been a tough start for the former Rochdale regular, who has struggled to even make the bench. His only appearances before Saturday came in the two cup defeats at Huddersfield and Hartlepool.
But after getting his first taste of League One action in the closing stages at Walsall, Phil Parkinson has made it clear that he will not be sent elsewhere.
Centre half Matt Taylor, another summer arrival, is currently three games into a month’s loan spell at Colchester.
But asked if he was tempted to allow Kennedy to follow suit, the City boss said: “Not really. It’s a different scenario with Jason.
“Matty just hadn’t played any games at all when he came here. Jason had his quota of matches with us in pre-season.
“This is effectively Matty’s pre-season now with Colchester.”
Kennedy featured in every league game for Rochdale last term, starting 44 of them, but he has found his way into City’s plans blocked by the form of Nathan Doyle and his former Spotland team-mate Gary Jones.
Before Walsall, Ricky Raven-hill had also been preferred to him for the cover spot on the bench. But Kennedy got the nod as a sub at the Bescot and then came on for the last 13 minutes to help nail down the win.
Parkinson added: “I brought Jason in very confident he will make a big contribution. But I knew in my mind that Doyley and Gary would start the season after the way they had got us over the finish line and, in fairness, they have played well.
“It was right to put Jason on the bench after his performance in the reserves last week and he did a good job when he got on.
“He shored things up a bit in midfield where we were getting a little over-run. But he’s a good player.
“I’ve got to say, it’s always difficult coming to a new club. It’s a bit like with Matty Taylor.
“You want to hit the ground running and it doesn’t quite happen for whatever reason. Sometimes that is through no fault of your own.
“All you can do is work hard in training and show the right attitude and Jason has been doing that.”
With Carl McHugh called into the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad playing twice against Romania, City’s central-defensive options have been hit for the Tranmere game.
They are already without Rory McArdle, who is away with Northern Ireland for the World Cup qualifiers in Azerbaijan and Israel.
But Parkinson said: “Despite the international call-ups, I still feel it was the right call to let Matty go. It was the only way to get him up to where we want him to be.
“I’ve been speaking to Mark Kinsella, their assistant, and they’ve been really pleased. Saturday didn’t go their way, conceding three goals, but Colchester have been happy with the way he’s playing.”
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