Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 29 *
At Club Since: Summer 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 80(1) *
The past 12 months has seen Liam Kelly emerge as possibly the most influential player at the club. Having been a useful cog in the League Two promotion-winning side, few could have foreseen Liam Kelly being the player to step up in the wake of Michael Doyle’s departure to become the leader of the side. However, it appears that with the loud and aggressive presence of Doyle alongside him, Liam Kelly’s quiet authority has been able to come to the fore. As one of the few experienced players in a squad filled with young players, Kelly’s leadership style and qualities as the midfield anchor appears to have allowed the team to develop into a slicker, more progressive outfit.
To characterise Liam Kelly as solely a holding midfielder would be doing him a disservice. When on top form, Liam Kelly’s range of passing can really open a game out and allow the rest of the team to push up further and swarm the opposition. Additionally, Kelly’s physical presence and nous can be highly effective at shutting down the opposition from trying to play through us, especially important this season now that we have lost the pace of Jordan Willis in central defence. Although he has periods in games where he is less effective, Liam Kelly has been just about our most consistent player over the past 12 months and set the platform for the evolution of the side. In a young side that has had a fair degree of player turnover over the past couple of years, Liam Kelly has become the key reference point for Mark Robins to build the team around.
*As of 18/01/2020