Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Welcome.... Stephen Kelly

Well I don't think a lot of people were expecting a new Fulham signing so soon, so it is with some surprise that Birmingham City's Stephen Kelly has been added to the ranks.
The Irish right back has plenty of Premiership experience with the Blues and a loan spell with Stoke in the season just gone, but does this spell the end for crowd favourite John Paintsil, who improved as the season worse on?
Seemingly not if Woy's comments are anything to go by:

"I am delighted that Stephen has become our first signing of the summer transfer window. He is a talented young full back with experience of playing in the Premier League as well as competing at international level. He will be a useful addition as we look to improve our squad ahead of the start of next season and I am hopeful that we will be able to announce further additions in the coming weeks."

Well a few things to pick out there- a) 25 isn't really 'young' for a professional footballer, b) it looks like he's going to be more of a squad player and c) further additions soon!
Ideally it'd be great if Kelly could also play left back to cover/compete with Konchesky but that remains to be seen. It's almost impossible to second guess Hodgson's transfer dealings and what he has planned. The man has done well picking up under appreciated players from other team's squads before now though. It's going to be another interesting season.

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