Ben Kennedy has been rewarded for his impressive performances with a new three-year deal at Stevenage this week.It's the continuation of a remarkable rise for the teenager, who only signed professional terms at the Lamex Stadium back in February.
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Kennedy made his Boro debut at the end of January last season, and scored twice against Hartlepool in just his second start for the club.
The attacker was offered a professional contract just days after, and continued to impress as Stevenage made their way to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Offs.
Boro haven't made a strong start this season, but Kennedy missed the early stages through injury, and has returned to score in the last two games - including last Sunday's thrilling 3-3 draw with Exeter City.
Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace told the club's website: "The fact that Ben is playing Football League games again just 11 or 12 weeks post-op is amazing in itself and testament to how highly he’s regarded by the club.
"At 18 he will no doubt have his ups and downs but we think he can learn a lot in the position he plays from Teddy Sheringham and we’re looking forward to seeing him improving along with our other younger players."
The next test for the 18-year-old comes in the shape of Wycombe Wanderers, another team who fell short in last season's Play-Offs, and you can see how Kennedy and his team-mates fare this weekend by following our divisional Twitter matchday updates, via @SkyBetLeague2.
happy to have signed a new contract at Stevenage Fc👍 Onwards and Upwards👊⚽️— Ben Kennedy (@Ben_Kennedy6) October 15, 2015