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Michael Kelly Signs New Deal

29 May 2020

The club is pleased to announce that defender Michael Kelly has agreed terms on a new contract.

The 22-year-old left-back has progressed through the club’s Development Squad ranks to be a first-team feature over the past two seasons. 
 
The defender, who started his career with Leicester City, arrived at Rovers in July 2017 and was part of the young Rovers side that won the Central League in the 2017/18 season, which the defender paired with a useful loan spell with local neighbours, Bath City. 
 
Kelly made his first-team debut for the Gas in April 2018, during a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic at the Memorial Stadium.
 
The 2018/19 campaign proved to be a breakthrough season for the Scottish defender, as he made 30 first-team appearances.
 
During the 2019/20 season, the defender featured 12 times in all competitions and signs a one-year extension to his current deal.
 
Speaking about the defender agreeing to new terms, Manager Ben Garner commented, “I'm delighted that Michael has agreed to extend his contract at the club.

"Michael is a young player who has shown a fantastic attitude to forge his way back into the game after a setback early on in his career and he has impressed me in my time at the club with his work ethic, desire, & application.

"He's had to often show patience at times in terms of game time, but that hasn't dampened his level of focus and intensity in training.

"Michael is still young and this new contract provides him with the opportunity to develop further and to establish himself as a player at this level."

On signing his new deal, Kelly said, “I'm really happy to extend my stay with the club that's given me a chance to play professional football.
 
"Myself and my family love living in this city, so I was delighted to be offered the chance to stay here and hopefully we can get back to football as soon as it's safe to do so."

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