Kelly ready for Boro challenge

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Scarborough Athletic’s new signing Darren Kelly is eagerly anticipating an opportunity to grab a taste of the action.

The former Northern Ireland international defender signed up before Saturday’s powerful 7-0 destroyal of Hall Road Rangers and then grabbed a seat in the Queensgate crowd to take in a fine performance.

The display impressed the 33-year-old, but the former Carlisle and York man is now looking to battle his way into boss Rudy Funk’s plans.

Kelly said: “I can’t wait to get started. I’ll have to work on my fitness and the fact that I’ll have to break into the squad, but I am ready for that challenge.

“You come down and the whole thing is breathtaking.

“You see the supporters, the players performing and how much they want it. That says to me how much they want to progress through the levels.

“It is evident that these lads should be playing at a higher level.

“It could have been double figures against Hall Road, the strength in depth there is at this club is amazing.

“It won’t be easy for me to get into the team, but I love a challenge and a fight.

“My aim, if I get the chance to play and I hope that I do, is to come in and make sure this club keeps clean-sheets.”

Boss Funk was delighted with his capture of Kelly.

Funk said: “I’ve had a few conversations with Darren over Christmas and I’m delighted that he has signed for us.

“His CV is fantastic and he will bring that extra bit of seniority to the ranks.

“We have lost a big player in Sam Denton, but we have a big player in Darren to fill his boots.

“Not only will he be a great player for us, but he will also be helping out on the coaching side. He is a coach with the youngsters and the senior players at York City, so that will bring so much more for us.

“I also love Darren because he is Irish. Irish people are so down to earth, which is something I think is fantastic. When I spoke to him he said that his name was Darren Kelly and he said that he was Irish, that was good enough for me.”

Read the full interview with Darren Kelly in Thursday’s Scarborough News.