Kelly joins Knights crusade

Published: 9 November, 2017 - 6:00 am

York City Knights have added considerable experience to their pack for 2018 with the signing of Mike Kelly from League 1 rivals Doncaster.

The hardworking 28 year old forward joined the Dons in 2012 after stints at Hunslet and Newcastle, and after six seasons in South Yorkshire he is ready for a new challenge in the Minster city.

Commenting on the move, Kelly said: “I’m looking forward to a fresh start and joining a club that’s on the up. Hopefully I can help the team go one better than last year and secure promotion to the championship.

“Fordy is creating a really good environment at the club for players to progress, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

A serious knee injury ruled him out of the vast majority of 2017, but Head Coach James Ford is confident that Kelly will flourish at the Knights now once again fully fit.

“Mike has endured some bad luck with injuries that have hindered his progress over the last few years.” Ford said: “We’re confident that our outstanding conditioning and medical team can help Mike get back to the top of his game.

He has got a fantastic attitude towards learning and hard work and he’s excited by the challenge in front of him. Mike is a very solid defender and selects his lines very intelligently in attack – I’m looking forward to facilitating some developments in his game as he competes for a position in our backrow.

“I’m confident that we’ve brought in a player who will add to the environment and the team.”