Isle of Dogs footballer's career kicks of in US

FF-dec24-footballer3.JPGIsle of Dogs footballer Sam Kennedy has signed for an American soccer team as he pursues his dream of a professional career.

Kennedy, 21, has signed for semi-professional outfit DFW Tornados, based in Dallas, and this summer will play for them in the US Premier Development League, just one rung below Major League Soccer.

The Millwall fan will join the squad later this month, but will miss the start of the season because of college commitments. The midfielder hopes it will be the first step on the path to a full-time professional career, once he finishes his sport and business management scholarship at Lees-McRae College.

He said: "Tornados start the league this Saturday but I can't join them until May 23 when this semester finishes. But I will be available for the US Open Cup qualifying round on May 30, which is great.

"Gifton Noel Williams, who used to play for Watford, Stoke and Millwall signed for them on the same day, so it's a good standard and it's very exciting."

The last weekend of May could turn out to be a big weekend for Kennedy. As well as hopefully making his debut for the Tornados, he's hoping Millwall will be contesting the League One play off final at Wembley on the Saturday.

He said: "It's was agonising listening to the game against Swindon online last Saturday, but at least they got into the play-offs. I just hope they win it this year."