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McDermott 'delighted' to seal Kelly Royals deal

IRELAND right-back Stephen Kelly has joined Premier League strugglers Reading on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The 29-year-old Dubliner (below) was a key player for Fulham last season but has lost his starting berth to Sascha Riether.

Kelly becomes Reading's third signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of midfielders Daniel Carrico and Hope Akpan.

Kelly leaves the west Londoners in search of first-team football and Reading boss Brian McDermott is glad to have him in his ranks.

"I'm delighted to have Stephen here," McDermott said. "He has played a lot of games in the Premier League and more than 30 times for his country.

"He's the kind of player I've been talking about -- someone with great experience, but at 29 still young in football terms and at a really good stage in his career.

"I've always liked him as a player, and the first time I met him was at Kevin Doyle's wedding a while ago now and I thought he was a top guy.

"I know he's going to fit into the dressing room here really well.

"He's up for the fight, up for the battle, he's hungry, he wants to do well and I know he'll be successful for us."

Chairman John Madejski added: "It's a great signing for Reading Football Club. He's a proven international and Premier League player and he seems like a lovely guy as well."

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