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Lloyd Kelly

Date of birth:
6th October 1998
Date signed:
18th May 2019
25th September 2019 v Burton Albion
Previous clubs:
Bristol City

Lloyd Kelly has made more than 100 appearances for AFC Bournemouth since joining the club from Bristol City in the summer of 2019.

He returned from a seven-week injury layoff and started the final 13 games of 2022/23 as the Cherries preserved their Premier League status.

Kelly played his part as the Cherries triumphed 1-0 against Leicester City in April 2023, the versatile defender marking his 100th league game for the club with a clean sheet.

Starting out with hometown club Bristol City, Kelly joined the Robins academy when he was 12 having been spotted playing for Bristol Central Youth.

He made eye-catching progress through the ranks and was training with the under-23s while still at secondary school before being fast-tracked to the first-team squad.

Kelly was recognised nationally for his performances when he was nominated for the LFE Apprentice of the Year award at the end of the 2016/17 season.

He made his first-team debut in a 5-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup in August 2017 and netted his first goal in a 2-0 victory against Championship rivals Reading on Boxing Day 2017.

Kelly made 14 appearances during 2017/18 and was named Senior Reds’ young player of the year.

He earned his move to the Premier League following a stellar campaign in 2018/19 when he made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Robins.

His debut season at Vitality Stadium was impacted by injury. Kelly appeared in the League Cup defeat to Burton Albion in September 2019 but had to wait until June 2020 for his Premier League debut against Wolves.

He featured eight times during Project Restart but seven points from their final nine games could not prevent the Cherries from being relegated.

Kelly was a mainstay as the Cherries looked to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt in 2020/21, playing 41 times in all competitions, including both legs of the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Brentford. 

He missed just five games and captained the team to promotion in 2021/22, Kelly turning in a series of excellent displays as the Cherries finished second in the Championship.

Kelly’s form saw him earn recognition by being named in the Championship Team of the Season, alongside teammates Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke.

He started 23 games in the Premier League in 2022/23 and showed his versatility by playing as a centre-back and as a left-back.

On the international stage, Kelly earned nine caps for England under-20s and ten for England under-21s. He was a member of England’s 23-man squad for the 2019 and 2021 European Under-21 Championships.

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