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City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of defender Shaun Kelly from Bala Town.
The 32 year old Scouser brings with him a wealth of experience and excellent footballing CV from both the EFL and abroad.
Kelly started his career coming through the youth ranks at Chester City and had a brief loan spell at Vauxhall Motors, before returning to The Deva Stadium and progressing into the First Team.
Kelly impressed and became an important player for The Seals, who were at the time a League 2 outfit. In total, Kelly represented Chester City 43 times before leaving the club following their relegation and eventual expulsion from the Conference.
After departing Chester in early 2010, Kelly initially had a trial spell with Port Vale where he impressed opposition manager Paul Peschisolido in a fixture against his Burton Albion side. Kelly’s performance earned him a move to the League 2 team until the end of the season and in total he went on to make four appearances for The Brewers.
In July 2010 Kelly left Burton to head for Wales, having a one-year spell at Bala Town before leaving Maes Tegid to relocate to Australia.
Whilst in Australia, the commanding defender had a short period at Shepparton United before joining NPL Victoria team South Melbourne as a mid-season signing. Shaun actually managed to win the club’s Golden Boot despite playing at centre-back!
In July 2012, Kelly returned to England on loan with Conference side Halifax Town during the Australian off-season, before heading back to Melbourne for the start of their 2013 campaign.
Ahead of the 2015 season, Kelly joined NPL Victoria team Port Melbourne S.C and earned the club captaincy before signing for NPL 2 Victoria side Dandenong City alongside his brother James in 2016. Whilst at Dandenong he was awarded their Player of the Year accolade and was a league runner up.
Shaun later went on to re-join Bala Town after returning to the UK, where he played alongside Purps midfielder Nathan Burke.
Described as a natural leader who is strong on the ball, Kelly has all the hallmarks of a player who Purps fans will love.
Manager Michael Ellison is understandably delighted to attract a player of Kelly’s calibre, explaining, “Shaun is a great signing for us. He brings with him a wealth of experience and after meeting with him it was clear he would fit into what we’re trying to do.”
“Shaun had a number of clubs chasing him and I’m delighted he has chosen the Purps.”
Kelly explained what attracted him to join the club, “I met with Ello last week and was really impressed with what he had to say and the plans for the club going forward.”
“The aspirations to keep building on previous success and moving up the leagues was a massive selling point for me.”
“Hopefully I can bring experience and leadership to the group and help the club achieve even more this season.”
Welcome to the Purps, Shaun.