FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors lose top scorer Josh Kelly to EFL side AFC Wimbledon on deadline day - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors lose top scorer Josh Kelly to EFL side AFC Wimbledon on deadline day

Aaron Sutcliffe 1st Feb, 2024 Updated: 7th Feb, 2024   0

SOLIHULL Moors top scorer Josh Kelly has completed a deadline day move to League Two side AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old scored 14 goals in 28 appearances for Moors this season after netting 11 in his first season with the club last term.

The club felt Wimbledon’s offer was too good to turn down and plan on reinvesting the funds raised from the deal back into Andy Whing’s squad as Moors push for a play-off place.

Moors chairman Darryl Eales said: “We have always positioned the club as one which develops players and accept that on occasion we will lose players in less than ideal circumstances.

“Personally I’m delighted for Josh. But he made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to move into the EFL.

“From the club perspective, and having discussed with Andy Whing and Stephen Ward, we collectively felt that the Wimbledon offer was sufficiently attractive to enable us to strengthen our attacking options by bringing in two new strikers in short order.

“This will enable us to freshen the squad further and having recently recruited Alex Whitmore and John Benton and also having Joe Sbarra back, we feel that we will be in an improved position to maintain our playoff push this season.”

Director of Football, Stephen Ward, added: “First and foremost we would like to thank Josh for all his efforts this season and during his time at club.

“The player has shown a real desire to move into the EFL and in the end we felt the transfer was the right decision for the club both from a financial and sporting perspective.

“We are now working hard to get some reinforcements into the squad to strengthen our striking department to remain in the hunt for the play-offs.”


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