Martin Kelly explains why he moved to Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Kelly moved from Liverpool to Crystal Palace last summer, and he has explained why he secured the transfer.

Kelly progressed through Liverpool’s academy before joining Palace, and he has told the Daily Mail why he had to leave his boyhood club.

The 25-year-old full-back said: “I came down for a number of reasons. At the time it was to get opportunities and play week in, week out. I was at that age where I didn't want to wait for my chance for months on end at Liverpool.

“I had three years left there but it wasn't a difficult decision. Looking back it was the right one. I could have been sat at Liverpool on not many appearances.”

Kelly has certainly taken his chance at Selhurst Park since his summer arrival, and the move is looking like a great decision considering there impressive displays he has put in this term.

He has made 33 appearances in all competitions, and his displays at both right-back and left-back have proven his Premier League quality, whilst many doubted it during his time at Anfield.

He totalled just 62 appearances for the Reds during his time at the club, and his lack of game time was the main reason he moved. If he continues with his consistent selections under Palace boss Alan Pardew, he should pass that tally of games next season for the Eagles.

Kelly also has one England cap to his name, from an appearance he made in 2012. If he can keep up his impressive form with Palace, he won’t just add to his appearance tally at club level, but he should start making a name for himself at international level as well.

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