Kennedy a happy Jet

The future is bright for Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy with the 24-year-old signing a one-year contract extension with the club.

The future is bright for Hunter Ports' Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy with the 24-year-old local product signing a one-year contract extension with the club which comes on the back of one of his best performances of the season, helping the Jets to a 1-all draw to competition leaders, the Central Coast Mariners on the weekend.

“I have been here for six years now and signed for another year so it is pleasing,” Kennedy said.

“I have enjoyed my competition with Nashy (Matthew Nash) this season and it is unfortunate for him that the Club has decided to move in a different direction but that is football and I am looking forward to the future.

“I am gaining confidence every game and improving week to week so I have to keep going the way I am and work hard at training.

“We have a tough couple of weeks coming up and we have to win as many games as we can to get in that top six and that is what we are looking to do.”

Goalkeeping coach Bob Catlin is very happy with the decision to re-sign Kennedy.

“I am very happy with Ben-s re-signing, it puts everything to bed and he can concentrate on the rest of the season now,” Catlin added.

“He is working hard at training and I think he has improved each week since I have been here and we will continue to work on improving his presence and communication with the team.

“He is at the age now where he is becoming an experienced keeper and starting to mature and can get around the goal mouth a lot better than some younger players.”