The 19-year-old spent last season with Inverness CT and Raith Rovers on loan but has been conspicuous by his absence from the various galleries published from pre-season training.
Despite rumours of interest from Premier League side West Ham, Kennedy has headed for East End Park rather than East London to continue his development.
The Scotland youth international impressed while with Inverness and Raith last season, with the Pars keen to sign him last January before he moved to their Fife rivals.
Kennedy could make his debut for Peter Grant’s side this weekend when they take on League Two Stenhousemuir in the Premier Sports Cup.
While the idea of Kennedy coming into the side and proving his quality is the sort of thing dreams are made of, the chance to play regularly in the Championship for a season should really help him become a better player.
The Pars’ title ambitions will see Kennedy have to perform consistently if they, and he, are to achieve their targets this season.
Despite being highly rated at Ibrox, some Rangers fans weren’t happy to see Kennedy head back out on loan and would have preferred to see him in Steven Gerrard’s squad.