Friday 9 December 2016

Former Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is signed by Neil Warnock for a FIFTH time

Tom Rooney

Published 19/02/2016 | 16:44

Paddy Kenny while at QPR with Neil Warnock
Paddy Kenny while at QPR with Neil Warnock

Paddy Kenny has enjoyed a long and storied career, both on and off the pitch, that should one day make for a good book, where the name Neil Warnock will prominently feature.

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Championship side Rotherham United announced today that Kenny has been acquired on a temporary deal, making them 11th club the netminder has been involved with in his 19-year stint in the professional game.

In his comments, manager Neil Warnock claimed that Kenny’s experience would be of great benefit to young goalkeeper Alex Cairns.

What Warnock didn’t mention was that it was the fifth time he had convinced Kenny to sign on the dotted line for him.

The seven-time capped Ireland stopper has travelled the length and breath of the footballing and English landscape with the manager in a relationship that goes back almost 14 years.

July 2002- Signs initial loan deal with Warnock’s Sheffield United from Bury, before making the switch permanent for a fee of £450,000. Signatures one and two

June 2010- The pair are reunited as Kenny moves from Bramall Lane to QPR on a three year deal for £750,000. Wins club player of the season for 2010-11.

July 2012- Warnock lures Kenny back north to Leeds United, this time for a fee of £500,000.  During his time at Leeds Kenny is apparently dropped due to being born on the 17th day of the month, which allegedly upsets superstitious owner Massimo Cellino. He eventually parts company with the club by mutual consent.

February 2016- Fifth time is a charm as Warnock drafts in Kenny foe]r the remainder of the season with Championship strugglers Rotherham United.

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