REBELS legend Paul Kennett is tipping a bright future for Worthing Football Club after he called time on his playing career last week.
Kennett, who played 417 times for Rebels in three spells at the club, retired because he felt the time was right to end a career which started at Brighton & Hove Albion as an apprentice and also included spells at Crawley, Lewes and Horsham.
The 35-year-old returned to training with Rebels two weeks ago, having not played since October owing to personal reasons.
He went on as a substitute in Rebels’ Sussex Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Peacehaven last week, however, he felt it would not be fair for the young team that Adam Hinshelwood is building if he was not around all the time.
Kennett said: “I’ve played football all my life and I’m 35 now, so I think it’s time I called it a day and concentrated on my business and on my family.
“I hadn’t really played since November or December and had really enjoyed spending time with my family, while football takes up three days a week.
“I came back to Worthing a couple of weeks ago and had an agreement with Adam that I couldn’t be there all the time but I’d play when I could.
“After thinking about it, though, I didn’t think it was fair on the lads who are there training every week if I couldn’t be there all the time.”
Kennett, who said his highlights in a Rebels shirt included reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup and two Sussex Senior Cup successes, is also thankful for the support he had from Rebels’ fans, as well as at boardroom level, and said: “I’d like to thank the fans for all their support over the years and, if the club gets the 3G pitch which will generate more money, hopefully they’ll start building as a team.
“I always enjoyed playing for Worthing, under all of the different managers, and there was always a great team spirit there.”
Full interview in this week’s paper.