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Stephen Kelly

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

06/09/1983

Signed

11/01/2013

Country

Republic of Ireland

Born in January, Kelly joined Spurs through their youth program, and found himself an understudy to Stephen Carr and then Paul Stalteri.

In 2003, he made his first team debut, having been out on loan to Southend, QPR and Watford for the previous seasons.

He had to wait until April 2005 to score his first professional goal with Tottenham, it came in a 1-1 draw away to Birmingham, coincidently the club that he would go on to join in 2006 for a £750,000 fee.

During the 2007/08 season he was the only outfield player to play every minute of every game for his Premier League club.

He had a short-loan deal with Stoke City in 2009 before moving to Fulham a couple of months later. He gained plenty of experience in the right-back spot, playing in both the Premier League and the Europa League in that time.

He joined the Royals ranks on in January 2013, an acquisition signed to shore up the back four. Republic of Ireland international Stephen Kelly settled straight into the side throughout the 2013/14 season, ending the campaign as Nigel Adkins’ first choice left-back.

His one and only Royals goal so far has came in a game early January of that season, the defender latching on the end of a 90th minute free-kick to power the ball home past Forest’s keeper Karl Darlow.

The former Spurs, Birmingham City and Fulham full-back proved so solid that he didn’t miss a match since making his home debut in an FA Cup win over Sheffield United, and having won promotion from the Championship before with Birmingham City, he could prove himself to be a key cog in the Royals’ wheel in upcoming seasons.

Even though being second choice right-back to Gunter, Kelly’s adapted well to the left-back spot, having to play their in some cases when the team is looking thin.

In the summer of 2015, Kelly parted with the club after a stay of two-and-a-half years, the Republic of Irish international deciding not to renew his Royals’ contract. 

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