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Kelly: "I'm Delighted To Be Here"

30 June 2014

New signing Liam Kelly penned a three-year contract with Latics on Friday and expressed his delight at linking up with former teammate and current Oldham Athletic manager, Lee Johnson.

The pair shared a successful partnership at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock in 2012 before Johnson took up the role as Latics' manager in 2013.

Whilst Kelly had two more years to run on his contract with Bristol City, he admitted the attraction of playing under his former teammate convinced him to join the club.

He said: "I'm delighted to be here eventually. We've been talking about it over the summer and I've been in touch with the gaffer so we've managed to get it done. I'm pleased to come here and I'm just looking forward to playing again. 

"We played together a year and a half ago for a season and we got on really well. We had a good combination in midfield so he was definitely a big factor in me coming here."

Although new to the side, the midfielder is familiar with a couple of his teammates and believes he can help the side pick up some positive results next season.

"I played with James Dayton for a few years at Kilmarnock and we got on really well. He's a fantastic player and he had a good season as well last season. I also know James Wilson who was at Bristol City so it's good to know a few lads when you are going into a new dressing room," commented Kelly, before adding: "I can have a positive influence on the team. 

"I've played a lot of games in Scotland but unfortunately I've been injured over the last season but I just want to get back and play football. I hope the team can move forward from where we were last season and pick up some good results."

With just over a month until the first league game of the season away to Colchester, the 24-year-old has outlined his aims for the upcoming campaign.

"We should be looking up towards the top six and there is no reason why we can't get there," the midfielder believes. "There are some fantastic players in that dressing room and the gaffer is really driven so that's the attitude we've got in there and it's something we can achieve."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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