Several weeks ago on this blog we suggested that Newcastle Jets Coach Branko Culina look to his bench and play reserve goalkeeper Neil Young.
Fate however stepped in and Neil made his A league debut when Kennedy injured his groin. He kept a clean sheet on debut, and this week won the Fox Sports Solo Save of the week.
Kennedy is a week away from a return and it has never been more important for Young to have a great game, than this weekend against Sydney FC.
Getting his break late aged 30, Young has left his wife, Lauren, and two young children, Owen and Mitchell behind in Perth to pursue and hopefully fulfil his dream. With only a one-year contract and having spent a large part of the season on the bench Young felt it was too much to ask to uproot his family for what could end up being only 9 months in Newcastle.
The plus is that at least his son gets to see his dad on television each week! The big one will be when Kennedy is fit, whether Culina goes with the younger keeper who has struggled or sticks with Young.