05:45PM, Wednesday 12 August 2020
Josh Kelly admits that he is pleased to be back amongst his Maidenhead United teammates after re-signing for the club on Monday.
The 21-year-old striker was tipped for a move away from York Road this summer after declining a new contract at the end of last season. But after a transfer failed to materialise, Kelly found himself in a tricky predicament and in need of a club.
Following a short phone call with boss Alan Devonshire, Kelly reaffirmed his commitment to the Magpies.
“I took a risk in the first place by saying no to the new contract,” said Kelly.
“Dev (Alan Devonshire) wanted an answer quite early on and I didn’t have one so it meant I had to say no. I took that risk to see if I could get that league move and that didn’t happen.
“I’m thankful that Dev has allowed me to come back and it’s just down to me now to prove it was the right decision.
“There were a few clubs interested at first, but with the current climate and what’s going on, it kind of fizzled out. It left me in a situation where I needed to find something.
“It wasn’t like I was desperate to leave Maidenhead but it was just taking that risk to see if I could get a move. I’m lucky to be back.”
On returning, Kelly has said it will be his mission to get the Magpies firing on all cylinders and ensure the club has a good season for their 150th year anniversary.
“I’ve seen a few of the players that he’s (Devonshire) signed and it certainly looks like we can push on now,” added Kelly.
“It wasn’t the best season last year but from what we’ve got now with the players that have stayed and those that have come in, it definitely looks like we’ll finish higher in the table and I’m confident I can help with that.”
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