Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 29 *
At Club Since: Summer 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 69(1) *
Having been a useful cog in a functional League Two side, few could have expected Liam Kelly to go on to become the most important component of a more dynamic League One team over the past year. The transition away from Michael Doyle saw Kelly handed the opportunity to take the reins at the base of midfield which made the team more dynamic and confident with possession over the course of the season. Not only an experienced midfielder capable of breaking up the play but someone who has demonstrated an excellent range in his passing, Kelly is arguably the most important player in the side both with and without the ball.
Heading into the coming season, we’re looking for more of the same from him. A slight concern with him has been a habit at times to pick up injuries – which saw him miss much of the first half of last season – and without a natural back-up option, at the time of writing, we are dependent on Kelly staying fit for the entire season. Still at a good age, the hope though is that Kelly is unlikely to regress as a player – technically or physically – for a good few years and is set to become the kind of experienced and quality player in central midfield that can carry the club over the course of several seasons to come.
*As of 05/10/2019