Spennymoor Town have converted another of last season’s successful loans into a permanent signing.
Midfielder Jason Kennedy has joined the club after spending the closing stages of last season in the Moors side on loan from Hartlepool United.
The 33-year-old will be one of the Moors’ most experienced players, boasting more than 300 Football League appearances on his CV.
The former Rochdale, Middlesbrough, Carlisle and Darlington man was a calming influence on the side when he played for Jason Ainsley last season, constantly keeping the ball moving with intelligent passing and dictating the pace of games.
His experience and professional demeanour will be as much of an asset to the team’s dressing room as his considerable talent on the ball.
Manager Jason Ainsley was quick to highlight the mental side of Kennedy’s game and his influence on the team.
He said: “After spending the latter part of the season on loan with us we are delighted to land Jason permanently. He is a brilliant lad who puts everything into training and his preparation is second to none.
“His experience and game intelligence was there for everyone to see last season and it is no coincidence that we only lost one game out of our last seven with Jason in the side.
“We look forward to him continuing where he left off when we return to action as he will be a valuable asset throughout.”
Kennedy said: “It was an easy decision to sign permanently. I loved my time here on loan and I really enjoyed working with Jason and the management team. I felt really wanted.
“The lads were a different class and I got a great feel for the club in a short space of time. I feel Spennymoor will push on and be even more successful and I’m excited by the prospect of having a positive season ahead.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Kennedy becomes Spennymoor Town’s fifth summer signing, following Stephen Thompson, Dale Eve, Adam Blakeman and Tyler Forbes.