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Blue kid on the block – Nathan Kelly

Posted: Wed 06 Nov 2013

Nat Kelly

The latest Blues youngster in the spotlight is centre-back Nathan Kelly.

Full name: Nathan Kelly
Date of birth: 14/10/95
Position: Centre-back

What school did you go to? Light Hall School in Shirley.
What was the first team you played for and were they any good? TR2000 and no.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it? Natty.
How were you spotted by Blues? On an open day.
How long have you been at the club? Eight years.
Who has been the biggest influence on you since joining the club? Academy coach Steve Spooner.
What are your strengths as a player? Strength and pace.
If you could improve one part of your game what would it be? Using my right foot.
What would be a successful 12 months for you now? Gaining a pro-contract.
How much interaction do you have with the first team? Quite a bit.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Improve your minimum (by my dad).
What boots do you wear? Adidas Predators.
Are you any good at any other sports? Yes, basketball.
What other non-footballing sportsman do you most admire? Tennis player Novak Djokovic and Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel.
Tell us something about you we wouldn’t know? I love pizza!
What is your favourite pre-match meal? Egg, beans and toast.
Who is the most skilful player you have played with? My brother.
Who are your best friends in football? Dimmy Gray, Reece Brown, George McGee and Viv Solomon.
Do you use Twitter? If so, what is your Twitter name? Yes, it’s @NathKelly.
Which team did you support as boy? No-one.
What is the best goal you have ever scored? A diving header v Ipswich.
Who do you think is the best footballer in your position? Brazilian Thiago Silva.
What is the most memorable match you have played in? A 5-5 draw v Villa.
Describe yourself in three words? Relaxed, funny, laid-back.

Academy team-mates
Best trainer? Dimmy (Demarai Gray).
Quickest? George McGee.
Best banter? Reece Webb.
Hard man? Me.
Biggest joker? Reece Webb.
Most skilful? Reece Brown.
Worst haircut? Dom Bernard.
Best dressed? Dimmy.
Biggest moaner? Charlie Cooper.
Future manager? Reece Webb.

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