JOE KENDRICK JOINS BLYTH ON LOAN
Kendrick makes loan loan to Blyth
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 01 Feb 2012
Defender Joe Kendrick has joined Conference North strugglers Blyth Spartans on loan until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has made 14 appearances for us so far this season since signing in the summer.
Blyth currently second from bottom in the table, 12 points adrift of safety
Spartans Sign Joe Kendrick
blythspartansafc.co.uk, February 2nd, 2012
Blyth Spartans can announce the signing of left back Joe Kendrick from Mansfield Town on a three month loan deal, which will see the player at Croft Park until the end of the current season.
The 28-year-old, Dublin born defender, started his career at Newcastle United where he was a regular in their reserves. Upon leaving St James Park he signed for TSV 1860 Munchen in the German Bundesliga, but suffered a bad injury in one of his first training sessions and his career in Germany never really got going.
He returned to the UK with Darlington and has since gone onto play for Workington and Newcastle Blue Star (both under current Spartans manager Tommy Cassidy) as well as Torquay, Tamworth and Mansfield. He has also enjoyed a career abroad with spells in Ireland with Drogheda, Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers, and a spell in Azerbaijan with PFC Neftchi.
He has also won Under-21 honours for the Republic of Ireland.
He is a long time target of the Spartans and was a regular attendee of training sessions at Blyth under Harry Dunn and even played in a trial game for the club at Peterlee, but the club and player were never quite able to strike a deal. With a wife and young family, the defender was keen to return to the North East, where he is based, so the loan deal works out for all parties concerned
Kendrick heads north after Stags exit
chad.co.uk, Friday 3 February 2012
JOE Kendrick this week made a loan move to Conference North club Blyth Spartans after being told his Mansfield town contract would not be renewed next season.
The Irish left back began the season well before a back injury decimated his form and season and he looked a shadow of his former self on his recent return.
Manager Paul Cox moved quickly to bring in Sam Craven and loanee Paul Edwards to cover the position and said: “We wish Joe all the best.
“I had to be honest with Joe as he has a mortgage and a young family to consider.
“ I told him we wouldn't be offering him a new contract next season and it would be in his best interests to look for a club. I wanted to give him a bit of a heads up.
“It's nothing personal but we can't stand still as a football club. It's a position in which I felt we needed a bit of extra quality.
“It's a horrible job telling players but it's got to be done and I think Joe appreciated it. His missus is a native of the north-east so he has got himself a club up there.”
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