TERRY KENNEDY may only be 21, but he has experienced enough of football’s contrasting range of emotions to know nothing can be taken for granted.
Which is why no matter how well things are going for both the defender and Sheffield United, there is no danger of him getting carried away.
“You have to keep your feet on the ground,” said Kennedy, ahead of today’s trip to Crawley Town in League One.
“I have been brought up that way as well. My mum and dad have always made sure I am level headed.
“You can’t get too carried away because as quick as you can be up there and doing well, you can be doing poorly soon after.”
Kennedy has started three of the last four games with the other seeing him come off the bench at half-time.
It means he has played a full part in the stirring run that is giving United hope of gate-crashing the automatic promotion places.
United are 10 points adrift of MK Dons in second place, but there can be little doubt that the momentum is with Nigel Clough’s men after taking 13 points from the last five games.
Kennedy, who made his United debut in 2011 but then saw a succession of knee injuries halt his progress, said: “I am on a high at the moment.
“I am just happy to keep playing and coming in when needed, and keeping fit, basically. I take it game by game and am learning every week.”
United take on a Crawley team who have been given renewed belief of escaping relegation after a couple of recent wins.
Dean Saunders’s side have moved up to third bottom as a result, just a point adrift of safety.