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Forest Green: Rovers offer new deal to Marcus Kelly

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Marcus Kelly

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Forest Green have offered a new contract to midfielder Marcus Kelly amid rumoured interest from League Two strugglers Northampton Town.

One of Rovers’ most consistent performers this term, the 27-year-old has scored eight goals in the Skrill Premier but will be out of contract in the summer.

New Lawn boss Ady Pennock has confirmed a new deal has been offered to Kelly – along with fellow midfield man Yan Klukowski and goalkeeper Sam Russell – but admitted he was powerless to prevent them speaking to rival clubs.

Signed last summer by Dave Hockaday, Kelly confirmed he was at Northampton on his Twitter account today - but later insisted it was purely to take part in a driving safety course.

Pennock said: “That’s the first I’ve heard of it, but if Kells has put it on Twitter I suppose it must be true.

“He has done very well for me and he is not someone I would be looking to lose, but he is in the last six months of his contract and it’s his prerogative if wants to talk to other clubs.

“We offered him a new contact about a month ago along with Yan and Sam Russell, so the ball is in their court really.

“I can’t stop them seeing what else is about but they know we think a lot of them and we want them to stay.”

Born in Kettering and still based in Northamptonshire, Kelly started his career in League Two with Rushden and Diamonds.

He briefly played under new Northampton boss Chris Wilder at Oxford United before moving on to Kettering Town, Mansfield Town and Tamworth.

He was handed a one-year deal at Forest Green after impressing on trial and netted a hat-trick on his competitive debut against Hyde on the opening day of this season.

Pennock remains hopeful of adding to his squad before Friday’s transfer deadline, but if no further deals can be completed he would be happy to work with his current squad for the remainder of 2013/14.

“I’ve got a couple more irons in the fire but I’ll only be bringing people in if it’s right for the club,” he added.

As revealed in Monday’s Citizen, Rovers are expected to sanction the departures of back-up goalkeeper Matt Bulman and at least one further striker before the window shuts.

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