Friday, 8th February, 2013

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has signed a new contract with the club.

The Reds have announced that the right-back has put pen to paper on a deal they describe as "long-term", with the player himself striking a delighted note.

And Kelly explained that he is pleased to have agreed to remain at Anfield, with the club firmly embedded in his heart.

"I’m delighted to have signed. It means everything to me and my family. I’ve been at Liverpool since I was seven, so it’s in my heart and I love the club", Kelly told Liverpool’s official site.

"When you play in the Liverpool shirt, you have to show the fans what it means. I just love playing and trying my hardest for the supporters and for my family.


"Being a Liverpool supporter myself, it’s brilliant to put the shirt on and I’m doing what I have loved doing since I was a kid. I’m over the moon.

"Today shows the faith that the club have in me and that the hard work I have put in since I was young has paid off. Hopefully I’ll put the injuries behind me. We have excellent medical staff here, who are going to work me and keep me on top of my injury. I’ll be coming back even stronger."

Kelly is a product of Liverpool’s youth academy and made his debut in 2009, tasting Champions League football against Lyon to start his senior career.

The 22-year-old has won recognition at international level too and travelled with England to Euro 2012 last summer.

Kelly is currently out through injury, but now there is no doubt about his continued presence at Anfield, with the new contract signalling boss Brendan Rodgers’ faith in him.

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