KIERAN KENNEDY has had big boots to fill but the centre-back is relishing the opportunity to play a prominent part in Wrexham's promotion challenge.

Kennedy, brought in as defensive cover during the January transfer window after leaving Shrewsbury Town, was back in the side for Saturday's 2-1 win at Barnet which guaranteed a play-off spot.

Jake Lawlor dislocated his shoulder in the victory over Braintree the previous weekend and is set to miss the rest of the season.

But although he is set to keep his place for the remaining games, Kennedy knows he can't rest on his laurels.

"I was obviously happy to be back in the side," said Kennedy.

"It was a great performance, the boys played well and it was a good win, we were really happy with it.

"Wherever the gaffer asks me to play, I will always do my best in that position, whether that be right-back or centre-back. "I was gutted for Jake after the season he has had. It is not ideal but it is down to me now to pick up where he left off.

"No player goes to a club to sit on the bench, you are looking to start every game you possibly can.

"It is not nice to come in for an injured player, you would prefer it in different circumstances but I have got a job to do now and I have got to make sure I am on it."

Wrexham have got three games left and Kennedy hopes the Reds can force their way into the top three and give themselves an even better chance in the play-offs.

"Getting to the play-offs was the first objective and we have done that now," said Kennedy.

"Hopefully we can kick-on and look towards them top three positions.

"If you finish second or third it is massive, you get a bye in the first round and are at home in the semi-finals.

"We need to be looking to get them two spots."