Ex-Newcastle Jets keeper Ben Kennedy confident of passing medical

Former Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy says he is confident he will pass a medical and complete a move to the Central Coast Mariners.

The 30-year-old agreed to terms with Newcastle’s F3 derby rivals in March but has not signed a contract as he recovers from an Achilles injury he suffered four days before the start of last season.

The Mariners do not have a goalkeeper signed for next season after No.1 Paul Izzo joined Adelaide and the club released Ivan Necevski.

Kennedy said on Tuesday that he had resumed running and jumping at training and would be fit to play well before the start of the new campaign in October.

“It was a 12-month injury when I first did it. I’m probably a bit ahead of schedule, which is good,” he said. 

“Obviously I couldn’t go play tomorrow, but it’s come along quite well. I’ve had a few discussions with them. They’re not so much worried, but they have to look after themselves with the medical side of things. I’ve been in constant contact with them. When we feel right we’ll probably get a medical and go from there. I’m confident I’ll pass a medical.”

Meanwhile, the Mariners have granted young defender Scott Galloway permission to travel to Europe to trial with Dutch top-tier club Willem II. The 22-year-old was scheduled to join the Olyroos in camp this week.

And Western Sydney have signed Wellington midfielder Roly Bonevacia, Perth right back Josh Risdon and clubless Michael Thwaite.