Kennedy can’t wait to get started

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues’ new signing Mark Kennedy revealed today that he cannot wait to start working with manager Roy Keane.

The 34-year-old yesterday completed a �75,000 move from Cardiff City and has signed a two-year contract.

A former Republic of Ireland team mate of Keane’s, Kennedy is expected to fill what was last season a troublesome left-back Town berth.

“It’s not every day you get to work with somebody of Roy Keane’s calibre,” said Kennedy.

“I can’t wait to get started.

“I was also lucky enough to have played alongside him, and he was up there with the best midfielders in the world on his day.

“I had a chat with him on Saturday and now the transfer is completed.

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“Roy has told me he has plans to strengthen, and I’m delighted to be with Ipswich Town.

“I want to play at the highest level possible for as long as I can.

“Ipswich have offered me the chance to play on at least until I am 36 years old, and this is exactly what I wanted.

“The Championship is a great league and this move will help me play on.

“I loved my time in Cardiff – it’s a fantastic football club with fantastic fans and I enjoyed every minute.”

Cardiff manager Dave Jones sees the deal as a good one for the player and for the Bluebirds.

He said: “Mark Kennedy going to Ipswich is a great deal for the player and Cardiff City.

“We could only give Mark a one year contract and Ipswich have offered two years. We end up with money for a player who is 34-years-old.”

The Dublin-born former Millwall, Liverpool and Manchester City player moved from Wolves to Crystal Palace before joining Cardiff City.

He has earned 34 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.

“I made my debut under Jack Charlton before Euro 96 and that team was outstanding,” added Kennedy,

Keane’s ability to wheel and deal in the transfer market depends getting a number of current players off the wage bill.

Kevin Lisbie has left to join Millwall after his one-year loan deal was finally completed yesterday.

The striker said: “I have got quite a big family, so I try to keep as close as possible to London and it’s a perfect move for me.

“Maybe if I hadn’t gone to Colchester last year then I wouldn’t have got this opportunity to play back in the Championship, so it has all worked out well for me.”

Another striker Jon Stead is reported to have turned down a proposed move to Bristol City after they are said to have agreed a �200,000 fee with Town.

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