MATTY KENNEDY admits he would be happy to remain at Hibs for the rest of the season despite finding himself cast as a peripheral figure for much of his loan spell so far.
The Everton winger’s deal with the Easter Road club is due to expire in January, but Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs told the Evening News earlier this month he would be keen to keep Kennedy on longer if possible.
Largely down to a tactical approach that hasn’t been reliant on wide players, Kennedy has made only five starts for Hibs this season and hasn’t begun a match since the September defeat by Queen of the South, who visit Easter Road today.
Despite his frustration, the 20-year-old is open-minded about the prospect of staying for the remainder of the campaign, with Stubbs reassuring him that he will get his chance.
“I’m not sure what will happen in January,” he said. “As far as I know, Everton want me back and I think Hibs want to keep me, so it’s up to the clubs. I’m happy to stay or happy to go back to Everton. Whatever happens, I’ll be happy.”
Kennedy knows that he needs to make the most of his time at Hibs, with his contract at Everton due to expire at the end of the season. He has taken heart from the fact his parent club are still monitoring him closely.
“Everton have not said to me if anything will happen in terms of a new contract,” he said. “If I do get one, I’ll be happy, but if not I’ll need to keep playing well from now on to make sure I get a club.
“There’s been good contact from Everton since I came here. [Youth development coach] Joe Royle comes to most games and sometimes phones me and tells me what I need to do better.
“The gaffer had me at Everton from a young age and he keeps a close eye on me up here as well. He’s obviously got a good relationship with Everton so he keeps in contact with them.”