Kelly hungry for starting place

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Defender Darren Kelly won’t be resting on his laurels after signing for NCEL Premier table-toppers Scarborough Athletic.

Kelly, 33, has vowed not only to battle his way into the side, but he is also planning to bring success to the Queensgate club.

He said: “It isn’t a drop down for me because this is a massive club. There is obviously the former Scarborough FC so there is plenty of history to look at, also you have to look at what Rudy Funk is trying to achieve here.

“The team are top of the league and they are there for a reason because there is a lot of quality.

“I’m hoping to add to that, but I have a bit of work to do to catch up on match fitness.

“I’ve not doubt that when I do get in, through my hunger and desire to succeed, then I’ll give everything that I can.

“I’ve been at Garforth for the last season, but I had no hesitation in moving to Scarborough, it doesn’t matter to me that one club is in the Evo-Stik League and one is in the division below.

“I think these lads can go as far as they want to go. I’m involved at York City, which is league football. The foundation is the same as there.

“It is all done with the ball at the feet. It is worked out from the back and that is important. If you want to progress you need to have all of the elements, psychological, physical, technical. It is all massively important, but the signs are there from training and the game I have seen, the attributes are there.

“The dangerous thing at this level is when you are doing so well the big guns look to come in and take your players. You have to make yourself one of these big sides, get the results and progress through the leagues.”

Kelly has no interest in winding down after what has been a successful career.

His CV includes a goal for Derry in the UEFA Cup, and he also turned out for the Northern Irish side in the Champions League, being part of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Armenian side FC Pyunik.

“The hype with myself was built up a bit. I’m a player that gives all heart, hunger and desire. I’ve had a fantastic career and all of the privileges that go with that.

“I’ve played for my country at every level, I’ve played in a lot of places around the world and in some major competitions like FA Cups and the Champions League.

“These are all memories though. Nobody is interested how much money you made in the game, it is about what you have won, which is exactly why I’m here at Scarborough.

“I’m not interested in sitting at the middle table, I want success. I go to every club with ambition and this move is no different.”