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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.'

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


should do well for u boys, good luck steo
29/06/2006 18:42:00
Yup hes a good buy for you guys he will do well
29/06/2006 19:44:00
very good player, good luck at to him there.
29/06/2006 19:45:00
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
29/06/2006 22:42:00
Another good signing. Looking similar to the year we went up. Fill the team with class players with premiership experience.
30/06/2006 15:09:00
" good signing always reliable"
01/07/2006 08:10:00
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.
01/07/2006 12:37:00
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