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Former Feyenoord and Rochdale midfielder joins Lindsey’s Reds

22 June 2023

Crawley Town Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Liam Kelly, who has signed a two-year deal.

The former Feyenoord midfielder was most recently at Rochdale, where he made over 70 appearances. Kelly joined the Dale in August 2021 and became a crucial player for the Greater Manchester side. 

The 26-year-old started his career at Reading, having joined the Royals when he was just eight years old. After progressing through the youth ranks, he went on to sign his first professional contract in 2013. Kelly went on to make just shy of 100 appearances for Reading before reuniting with former manager Jaap Stam in Holland.

Whilst at Feyenoord, Kelly had two very successful loans at Oxford United. During his two stints with the U’s, Liam reached the play-offs on both occasions. 

Kelly has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

Speaking on his move to the Reds, Kelly said: “I’m really delighted, it is great to have it done before pre-season, after speaking with him in pre-season, the gaffer was a massive part in my decision to come here.”

Manager Scott Lindsey added: “This is a great signing for the football club, Liam is a very good footballer with great pedigree, he played in a team that got relegated last season but he was a very important and good player for them.

“I have known him for many years and he came on trial at Swindon when I was assistant manager and I always felt as if we should have signed him, he can knit things together well and is a lovely passer of the ball, I am very happy to have him on board.”

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