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Liam Kelly signs permanently for Dutch giants Feyenoord

Midfielder joins Jaap Stam’s ranks in Rotterdam

8 July 2019

Midfielder Liam Kelly has agreed to a permanent move away from the Madejski to join Dutch side Feyenoord.

Now managed by former Royals boss Jaap Stam, the Dutch top flight side finished third in the Eredivisie last season and welcome Kelly into their squad at De Kuip.

Kelly, who turns 24 years of age in November, came right through the Academy ranks at Reading and after a loan spell with Bath City in the National League South, he made his first team debut under Stam as a second half substitute in a 2-2 EFL Cup draw with MK Dons in August 2016.

He impressed playing the style of football Stam introduced at Reading, but the diminutive playmaker couldn’t make the same impact last season, making the last of his 19(+3) appearances in a 4-0 defeat at Bramall Lane in mid-February.

Kelly scored nine goals for the club in total, finding the net once last season in a 3-2 win over Bristol City - the same scoreline and opposition against whom he had recorded his first professional goal almost two years previously.

Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to thank Liam for his effort and commitment to the club and we wish him the very best of luck in Holland and in his future career.

We can also confirm that it has been mutually agreed that young Dutch defender Darren Sidoel will part company with the Royals in advance of the expiration of his contract with the club. We wish Darren the very best of luck in pursuing the next chapter in his fledgling career.

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