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League Two

Hill prepared for Kennedy exit

21 June 2013

Rochdale manager Keith Hill expects midfielder Jason Kennedy to leave the club this summer and has begun the search for his replacement.

Kennedy is the only out-of-contract player at Spotland yet undecided on his future after being offered a new deal and Hill believes the 26-year-old will move on.

"I've spoken with Jason and it's highly unlikely that he's going to be signing," Hill told the club's official website.

"It was important for me as a manager when I came back to the football club that I retained Jason for the 18 games that I was here.

"I'm glad he stayed because he did have an opportunity to possibly leave. He was tremendous for me when I came back and I'm happy for him to be signing for another football club, whether it is in this division or a league above.

"As long as his family is happy and the location is suited to him and his family.

"Jason knows I'm in a position where I'm looking to recruit a central midfielder this week and if I do then the situation with Jason will have evolved and taken care of itself."

Kennedy has made nearly 200 first-team appearances for Dale since arriving on a free transfer from Darlington in August 2009 and was a virtual ever-present in the side last season.


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