Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Bruce Sings Kelly's Praises

Bruce Sings Kelly's Praises

Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at the capture of former Spurs right back Stephen Kelly.

Speaking to the press following the signing, Bruce heaped on the praise and said he expected the same kind of form and return from Kelly that he got from Upson when he signed from Arsenal.

'I like the way Stephen plays and I like his approach to the game, he's aggressive, very quick and athletic and he's hungry to do well.

'He's played almost 50 games for Tottenham and he's more than held his own in the Premier League. But he's got a bit frustrated there and he reminds me a lot of Matthew Upson in that he had the same problem.

'Matt had a taste of it at Arsenal but in the end knew he had to leave, and he's done himself a power of good. Stephen has never quite broken into the Tottenham team, he's never had a decent run of it to prove himself.

'By coming here, he knows that he's going to get a chance and that he will be an important player for us. Matt relished that kind of opportunity and responsibility and I'm sure it will be the same with Stephen. The good thing is that he wanted to join and prove himself with us.

Kelly caught Brucies eye in the game between the two sides when the 22 year old scored against Blues.

'He impressed me that day and he took his goal very well. I think it's well known now the kind of players we want at this club and Stephen fits the bill. You do need one or two with experience, of course, but we have identified the need to rebuild with young, energetic players who have that desire and determination to do well.

'He can play anywhere across the defence, which could come in useful.

'I'm sure our supporters will relate to that and the way we are going about giving them a new-look team.'


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Thursday June 29 2006
Time: 6:19PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
should do well for u boys, good luck steo
andyclark1882
29/06/2006 18:42:00
0
Yup hes a good buy for you guys he will do well
cusop
29/06/2006 19:44:00
0
very good player, good luck at to him there.
MattyD
29/06/2006 19:45:00
0
Good luck to him. Didn't really live up to what we hoped for this time last summer. Will probably do well for you though. inabit
yidyid
29/06/2006 22:42:00
0
Another good signing. Looking similar to the year we went up. Fill the team with class players with premiership experience.
FEn_100
30/06/2006 15:09:00
0
" good signing always reliable"
millers4eva
01/07/2006 08:10:00
0
Yea I agree with FEn_ the season we went up we had all the oldies like Steve Stone, Paul Merson etc. Experience plays a massive part in the championship and I think Kelly is a great player. Good luck next season. You should come straight back.
POMPEYMEV
01/07/2006 12:37:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Blues winning the mental game

Rob Wildey praises Blues' mental strength after coming from behind twice to earn a draw with Preston

Match Day Officials v Preston (27/9/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Preston North End this Tuesday.

One To Watch: Tom Clarke

Sask's opinion about who is the oppositions most dangerous player.

Key player Vs. Preston

Luke Turner picks a key player for tomorrow's game...

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do we need to strengthen in the emergency loan window?
Suggested By: Tom Heslop
In goal6%
In defence21%
In midfield5%
In attack68%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
3 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
4 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
5 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
6 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
7 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
8 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
9 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 14 2016 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 21 2016 7:45PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WayCoolBlue53
2.gazal45
3.David Village14
4.Plynch6
5.Rob Wildey4
6.BcfcTom4
7.LukeTurner2
8.Mark Jones2
9.savaloy1231
10.Sask1