Kennedy does not want to become an Ipswich bit player next season

MARK Kennedy does not want to be a bit player with Ipswich Town next season.

The left back will 35 next month and has one year left on his Blues contract.

He said: “I still feel in good shape and am looking forward to a good pre-season and then an injury-free 2011/12.

“I’ve been hindered by a hamstring injury this season that has proved very frustrating for me.

“I don’t want to drop down a level and I don’t want to become a bit player.

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“I’ve spoken to the manager if I did not feel I could play 46 games next season I would call it a day.”

Kennedy will be fit to face Preston at Portman Road in the Blues’ final home game of the season on Saturday, and feels that Ipswich missed a chance this season.

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“There will be strong sides coming down from the Premier League in the summer,” he added. “There were some good teams that we played in Swansea, Norwich and Cardiff while QPR have done very well, but the division might well be stronger next season.”

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