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Promotion goal for Leeds United star Paddy Kenny
10:50am Friday 13th July 2012 in Sport
GOALKEEPER Paddy Kenny is teaming up with boss Neil Warnock with one goal in mind – winning promotion to the Premier League with Leeds United.
The 34-year-old has dropped down to the npower Championship after signing for the Elland Road club from QPR, but he is targeting a rapid return to the top flight.
Kenny and Warnock have joined forces at Bury, Sheffield United, QPR and now Leeds, and Kenny said: “This is the fourth time he’s signed me.
“He knows what he’ll get from me and I know what I’ll get from him, and as soon as I had the opportunity to come here I was delighted to take him up on it.
“His record at this level and for promotions speaks for itself, and with the players he’s looking to bring in and those he’ll get I’m sure we’ll be pushing up there.
“He told me to come here, be myself, bring my experience and try and help this club get promoted. I’ve done really well and hopefully I can carry that on here.”
After signing a three-year deal, Kenny said: “I’m delighted it’s done.
“It’s a massive club and I’m excited for the challenge ahead. It’s been rumoured for a while, but once I’d spoken to the manager and heard his plans for the club I really wanted to come.
“There were no doubts. Hopefully I can do what I did at QPR and help this club back into the Premier League where it belongs.
“I’m from around here and have a lot of family and friends who are big Leeds United fans. It’s one of the biggest clubs around and I want to show what I can do.”
Having been promoted with QPR and the Blades, Kenny is well aware of the challenges ahead.
“First and foremost it’s a difficult league and we know that,” he said.
“You have to make your home games winnable and hopefully with the big crowd we can do that and try to be up at the top of the league.
“I’ve had a bit of stick off the crowd in the past, but hopefully I can change their minds and do well for them.”