Liam Kelly made his return to Motherwell on Monday, signing on a permanent basis from QPR.
Here’s a quick refresher on what we’re getting from the goalkeeper.
Here to stay
Having been on loan last campaign, Kelly has now signed a three-year deal at Fir Park.
Taking the number one jersey, the move on a permanent basis is a coup for the club and an important step in manager Graham Alexander’s recruitment plans.
From 21 appearances for the Steelmen in his first spell, Kelly kept seven clean sheets and was a vital match winner on many occasions, with a succession of important saves.
Held in high regard
Despite only making the move on loan from QPR in January, Kelly’s performances earned him the accolade of being voted the players’ player of the season at Motherwell in 2020/21.
His genuine surprise – and pride – at being named was captured on camera after the final game of the season, and was a well-earned prize after quickly becoming an influential figure on and off the pitch.
After impressing in the Premiership with Livingston in 2018/19, the ‘keeper rightly earned a call into the Scotland squad for Euro qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.
Kelly had to make do with a place on the bench for both matches, but no doubt remains in the thoughts of the national team going into the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Keeping it in the family
The goalkeeper’s family are also involved in football. His brother Sean – a defender – is with Falkirk, having previously been with Ross County, AFC Wimbledon and St Mirren.
His younger brother is also in St Mirren’s academy as a goalkeeper.