Dave Challinor gives the latest on Hartlepool United midfielder Jason Kennedy ahead of Yeovil Town trip

Dave Challinor has ‘no issue whatsoever’ with Jason Kennedy remaining at Hartlepool United despite the midfielder failing to start a match for the club in three-and-a-half months.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 1:19 pm
Jason Kennedy of Hartlepool United dejected after the 2-2 draw against Ebbsfleet during the Vanarama National League match between Ebbsfleet United and Hartlepool United at The Cufflink Stadium, Northfleet on Saturday 16th November 2019. (Credit: Leila Coker | MI News)
Jason Kennedy of Hartlepool United dejected after the 2-2 draw against Ebbsfleet during the Vanarama National League match between Ebbsfleet United and Hartlepool United at The Cufflink Stadium, Northfleet on Saturday 16th November 2019. (Credit: Leila Coker | MI News)

Kennedy’s most recent start for Pools came under previous manager Craig Hignett as the 33-year-old scored a dramatic last minute winner against Yeovil Town at Victoria Park back in October.

And going into the reverse fixture against Yeovil at Huish Park this weekend, Kennedy has played just six minutes of football since Challinor took charge.

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Kennedy has recently returned to the bench and is set to be named there once again on Saturday.

“Where we are at the minute, JK had missed quite a few games when we were pretty healthy in terms of numbers,” Challinor said.

“Now it’s not the case because we’ve got injuries and he’s now back into the fold.

“From his perspective, and I’ve been in his situation, with his age and his experience, he needs to be playing games but the situation is a pretty reactive one at the moment.

“I’m by no means at a place where I’m desperate to get him out at all because he’s a great character to have around and trains unbelievably well every single day and just gets on with it so he’s a great example to every single player at the club. If he’s here and involved then for me, that’s no issue whatsoever.”