TRANSFER - Moors swoop to sign Kelly from Maidenhead - The Solihull Observer

TRANSFER - Moors swoop to sign Kelly from Maidenhead

SOLIHULL Moors are have secured the signing of Maidenhead United forward Josh Kelly for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old arrives on a three-year contract having scored an impressive 15 goals in the National League last season.

And the former Northern Ireland under-21 international had been with Maidenhead since the summer of 2015 – having played for Ascot United and Windsor as a youth player.

Kelly said: “This is something I’ve been looking forward to and I’m glad it’s done now.

“I’ve come here to score goals and try and improve on everything I can. Coming into a full-time set-up is definitely going to help me, especially with the team here and having spoken to the manager and hearing his ambitions.

“The club were unlucky not to go up last season but, with the team we’ve got here, I don’t see why we can’t do it this time around.”

Manager Neal Ardley added: “I would like to thank the board for working hard to secure Josh and it has been a pleasure to deal with Maidenhead throughout the transfer.

“Josh has been a player that we’ve had to be patient with as there were several clubs in for him and interest from the EFL after his outstanding season last time out.

“We are delighted that we have got him here at Solihull. He fits the way we play and will complement all our attacking options and players. We believe that now he is in full-time training, there is a lot more to come.”

He departs York Road having accumulated 129 appearances and scored 27 times, and becomes Solihull’s fifth summer signing.

Prior to his breakthrough at Maidenhead, Kelly spent time out on loan at Chalfont St Peter and Walton Casuals, bagging 40 goals for the latter in their promotion season.

Kelly cleaned up at the Magpies’ end of season awards as he claimed Golden Boot, Manager’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year accolades following his 17 goals in all competitions.


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