I haven't had proper chance to show Scunthorpe United fans what I can really do, says Callum Kennedy
YET TO really get going at Scunthorpe United, full-back Callum Kennedy is aiming to make the most of February's run of home games.
The former Swindon Town defender has made just 15 appearances for the Iron since signing in the summer, with seven of those from the substitutes' bench.
A fractured toe hampered his progress early on, while the consistent form of Tom Newey saw him struggle to get back in the side.
He has however, started the last four games as Christian Ribeiro's hamstring injury forced boss Brian Laws into a reshuffle of the United back line.
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Kennedy is eager to use the opportunity to stake his claim for a more permanent role.
"It's been brilliant," the 23-year-old said of his run in the team.
"Tuesday (against Portsmouth) was the fittest I've felt. The first couple of games I was just getting my match fitness back. I feel like I'm nearly there now.
"It's a nice feeling just to be playing. That's what I came here to do, to play. Long may it continue.
"It's been frustrating this season, especially getting the injury at the time I did and being out for a big chunk of games. That was frustrating.
"Then I hadn't got back in the team by the time the new gaffer came, so he stuck with it and I had to wait for my chance.
"Now I've just got to concentrate on playing well and keeping my place.
"Every time you sign for a new team you want to showcase your talent and hope the fans take to you.
"I feel I haven't really had the proper chance as such to show them.
"We've got five home games this month, so hopefully they'll be able to see a bit more of me."
The left-back certainly made his mark in the 2-1 midweek victory over Pompey, providing the crosses for both of Akpo Sodje's goals.
The only blot on the scoreline was an outstanding free-kick from Liam Walker, though Kennedy believes Scunthorpe are beginning to look more solid at the back.
"More than anything, I think the team as a whole has stepped up its game. We've been tougher to break down," he said.
"I think that goes all the way through the team. The front men and the midfield are working hard too.
"We've definitely conceded a lot less goals as of late and that can only help. If you don't concede, you can't lose.
"Karl Hawley worked his socks off on Tuesday. Sodj has come in and worked hard. Mikey Collins was outstanding in midfield.
"I think everyone's been working hard. The midfield have been tracking back and doing both sides of it."
The challenge now is to keep improving.
It remains nailbitingly close at the bottom of the table, with United only a place and two points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's game against Crawley.
Kennedy however, says the team's focus is mostly on what happens on the pitch.
"We're not concentrating too hard on the table," he added.
"We're happy we're out of the bottom four but we're just trying to take each game as it comes.
"If you said to any team, you can have five home games in a month, they'd take it. We're no different.
"We've got our first win (at home since September) and we need to push on."