BLYTH Spartans have taken Joe Kendrick off the transfer list, with the Newcastle United product insistent he “loves” life at Croft Park.
The 26-year-old fell out of favour after Paddy Atkinson replaced Tommy Cassidy, and spent five games on the sidelines during Ferbruary and early March.
He was transfer-listed, but Atkinson stood down a fortnight ago and following Tom Wade’s appointment as manager, Kendrick has come in from the cold.
He came on as a substitute in the recent 3-1 win at Kendal Town, and scored a last-minute penalty in Blyth’s 3-2 home win over Ilkeston on Saturday. And the Irishman says he is keen to put a troubled spell behind him, and help Spartans climb the table. “What the fans have to know is I want to stay at the club and I enjoy it at Spartans,” said Kendrick.
“I love the club and I want us to be successful.”
They have been, thus far, under Wade. Two wins have lifted Spartans to 15th in Evo-Stik Premier, and subject to a midday pitch inspection they will host 20th-placed Kendal at Croft Park tonight, with Kendrick keen to extend the run to three successive wins.
“Two wins in a row for Tom is excellent and I’m pleased for him,” he said. “It’s happy days, isn’t it? Tom has started off really well and the lads have taken to him. We will go into the game confident against Kendal and things are looking up, so hopefully we can kick on and make it three wins in three.”
Meanwhile, Wade is delighted to have a committed Kendrick at his disposal.
“Joe is a professional footballer and you have to respect him for that,” he said. “He’s been around and he’s done his job. He’s not a bad footballer. He wouldn’t have played professional football for as long as he has if he was poor.
“He’s had a bit of a spell on the sidelines recently, but all I’ve said to Joe is that I’m going to play him and that it is up to him to prove to me and everyone else what he’s like.
“He scored the winner on Saturday and you could see just what it meant to him.”