Lloyd Kelly became AFC Bournemouth’s first signing of the summer, putting pen to paper on a permanent deal in May 2019.
Born in Bristol, he started his career with the Robins in 2010 as he entered the academy at the age of 12, having been spotted playing locally.
Moving up the ranks, Kelly had hardly finished he’s GCSEs before being asked to train with the under-23s and soon caught the eye.
Just two years later and the youngster was travelling to Portugal with the first team to take part in their pre-season training camp.
Playing a host of academy football and getting minutes under his belt, Kelly was recognised nationally for his performances and was nominated for the LFE Apprentice of the Year award at the culmination of the 2016/17 season.
The following campaign was to be a breakthrough one for the left-back, who made his first professional appearance in a League Cup win over Plymouth.
Frequently a member of the matchday squad in the opening half of the 2017/18 campaign, Kelly was handed his first call up to the England Under-20 side, subsequently making his debut in a 3-0 vitory over the Netherlands.
Christmas then came early for the teenager, as he made his Championship bow for the Robins in December, featuring against QPR.
Just three days later and a first professional goal came in English football’s second division, netting in a 2-0 win over Reading.
Kelly would finish his first season of senior football with 14 appearances to his name, a figure which was more than doubled the following year.
Establishing himself on the left flank for City, he made 34 appearances in all competitions across 2018/19, with one goal coming in September against West Brom.
International recognition once again followed for the defender, this time earning a call up to Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s side.
Featuring on the bench for the Young Lions in their friendly with Germany at Vitality Stadium in March 2019, he went on to play in front of a home crowd at Ashton Gate against Poland just a few days later in what was his third appearance for the side.
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