MARTIN Kelly has become the latest Liverpool FC player to commit his future to the club after signing a long-term contract on Friday afternoon.
The 22-year-old, who is currently out with a cruciate ligament injury, told liverpoolfc.com:
“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 added: “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.”
Kelly was born in Whiston and is a product of the Liverpool academy. He made his debut for the club against Lyon in October 2009 and has gone on to make 54 first-term appearances. Kelly received his first England cap in May last year and was called into England’s Euro 2012 squad after Gary Cahill withdrew due to a fractured jaw.
The defender is one of a number of first-term players to have committed his future to Liverpool and he joins the likes of Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling, who have all signed new contracts at Anfield since Brendan Rodgers was appointed.
Ian Ayre said described Kelly’s new deal as “fantastic news” and added:
“I think everybody has been starting to see and enjoy Martin’s potential and the work he has showed to get into the first team and these are the things we are looking for. He was very unfortunate to get his injury but he has worked very hard with the physios and the medical team and hopefully we’ll see him back soon.”