Kelly eyes first-team spot

Kelly is vying with the likes of Zdenek Grygera, Chris Baird and

Aaron Hughes for a starting spot in Martin Jol’s line-up. The

Republic of Ireland international was happy with his displays

against Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League and

Carling Cup respectively. Kelly believes he brings something

different to the table than his rivals for the role and is hoping

to continue his good form if he is given a run by Jol. “There’s an

opportunity at right-back and I’ve proven I’m in contention with my

last couple of performances,” he told the Fulham Chronicle. “Over

the last month or so I’ve really stepped up a gear. I’ve proven to

the manager I’m capable of playing in the big games, like against

Chelsea and Manchester City. “I offer something a bit different to

the others. My attributes are strong; I’m probably a bit more

athletic and offer an attacking option as well. “There’s a few of

us fighting for the position and it’s difficult, but you can only

go on your last performance. “Whenever I’ve played recently I felt

I’ve done really well and hope I can continue that rich vein of

form. I want to nail down the spot.”