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Liam Kelly

Born: 22 November 1995 
Nationality: Republic of Ireland 
Position: Midfield 
Royals first team debut: Reading 2-2 MK Dons – 23/08/16 
Appearances: 25(+9)* 
Goals: 1 

Kelly’s Story:
Kelly is a highly-rated Royals youngster that is very capable of scoring the spectacular, having netted several top class goals during his time in the Academy. 

Having been with the club since the age of eight, the pint-sized midfielder is quick, has good vision for a young player and a vast range of passing at his disposal. 

He has represented his country Republic of Ireland at youth level and played an integral role within the U18s and U12s format. He earned his first call up to the senior team in March 2017, being named in the 39-man provisional squad for games against Wales and Iceland.     

Throughout 2015/16, Kelly was loaned out to Bath City in the National League South where he scored a number of goals to help the Romans avoid the drop and finish in 14th place for the season. 

Kelly thrived in preparations for the 2016/17 season and found himself on the scoresheet against Boreham Wood, scoring a well-taken free-kick, part of a 5-0 win for the Royals in the first game of pre-season. 

Continuing on that form, he made his senior debut for the first team against MK Dons in the EFL Cup before making his league bow away at the New York Stadium in a 1-0 win against Rotherham. 

He netted his first senior goal for the club as part of a breath-taking comeback against Bristol City that January, scoring the first of three goals in the last 18 minutes of the game to help Jaap Stam’s men come from 2-0 down to win the game at Ashton Gate 3-2.

In that breakthrough season, he played at the Emirates and Old Trafford in the cup competitions and then ended the season coming off the bench and scoring a sublime penalty in the Play-Off Final shootout at Wembley, pointing to the heavens in honour of Eamonn after firing home from the spot!

*All stats correct as of 01/06/2017