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Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 11 November 2020

ash kelly.pngWorkington Reds have announced that promising young striker Ash Kelly has been advised to give-up the game.

Kelly, a player with much ability and highly thought of by manager Danny Grainger, had suffered a major set-back in training.

A re-occurrence of the injury he picked up in training a full year ago has prompted the advice to call it a day -which is a tragedy for a player so young.

He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus as well as fracturing a small bone in his knee.

The club was quick to say that it will continue to support the locally-based Kelly during his extended rehabilitation period, giving him the help he needs on the road to being fit and healthy.

It was only last month when the strong-running forward returned to light training with the first team squad, working with physios Ronan Irving and Caitlin Gribbon in hope of getting back to playing early in 2021.


After hearing the medical prognosis Kelly told the Reds official website: “It’s gutting to be advised not to play football again when I’m 25.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about it and I’ll be having my operation in two weeks.

“I’ve just got to focus on getting back on my feet because my partner and I are expecting a baby in the New Year!

“I’ve wished all of the lads well for the season and thanked Danny and everyone at the club for all their help since I’ve been here.”

Manager Grainger said: “Since I came in, Ash has been a player we always thought highly of.

“We felt like we could really develop him into a first-team player.

“We were really disappointed with his injury last year when we thought he was starting to hit a bit of form.

“Unfortunately, he’s had the reoccurrence and obviously, it’s really disappointing to hear the news.

“Ash is a great lad and he’s showed nothing but 100% commitment ever since we’ve come in.

“Ruddy and I can’t thank him enough and we’ll be standing right by him during his recovery.

“We’re also wishing him and his partner the best, not only for the injury, but with the little one due.

“We’ll be talking to Ash in-depth over the next few weeks to see if there’s anything else we can do.

“Myself, Ruddy and everyone at the club will be trying to help him as much as possible for anything he wants to do in football going forward.”

Kelly’s first team highlight was a whipped, near-post header which helped earn Reds a 2-2 draw last season at Marske.

It’s a good memory to take with him, but there could have been so many more! Good luck Ash.

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