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Stevenage star Kennedy sets sights high

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy and Watford's Mario Suarez in action

Stevenage star Ben Kennedy has told HITC Sport of his ambitions to play at the highest level and Northern Ireland.

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy and Watford's Mario Suarez in actionStevenage's Ben Kennedy and Watford's Mario Suarez in action

Stevenage star Ben Kennedy admits it is his ambition to play at the highest level possible one day.

Kennedy is regarded as one of the best young talents in the Football League after impressing at Stevenage for the last couple of seasons.

The attacking midfielder has already made over 70 first-team appearances since making his debut for Stevenage in January 2015.

The 20-year-old is arguably enjoying his most consistent season in a Stevenage shirt with seven goals in 29 games and his performances have not gone unnoticed by clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Kennedy admits he is flattered to be linked with other clubs, but all that he is focused on is playing regularly so that he can continue his development.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level possible but it's about moving at the right time," said Kennedy. "It is flattering to be linked with other clubs, but I have a great deal of respect for Stevenage and we will see what happens.

I want to play at the top, the highest level as I will learn from playing against the best players every week.

"I have enjoyed myself at Stevenage and I owe them a lot as it was Graham Westley who gave me the chance to play and then under Teddy [Sheringham] it was difficult for me because of injuries, but under the gaffer now [Darren Sarll] it has been really good and he has been great for me.

"I am playing games every week and after not playing so much last season I just want to play games and continue developing so I am happy."

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy in action with Southend's Adam BarrettStevenage's Ben Kennedy in action with Southend's Adam Barrett

Kennedy's form for Stevenage has seen him tipped to win a call-up to Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland squad and the under-21 international admits it would be amazing to represent his country at senior level.

"It would be a dream come true to be called up to the senior squad. I’ve dreamt about it for years," added Kennedy.

"I grew up going to Northern Ireland games and followed them at the Euros so it would be a very proud moment for me to go and play for them, but all I am focused on is doing my best for Stevenage and we will see what happens in the future."

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