On Friday, Martin Kelly signed a contract extension that keeps him at Crystal Palace until 2021.
The adaptable defender is far from a consistent starter at Selhurst Park, but Kelly’s reliability and flexibility make him a key part of Roy Hodgson’s set-up — the fresh extension is a smart piece of business from the Eagles.
Once a promising youngster for Liverpool, Kelly joined Crystal Palace in 2014 and has gone on to make over 110 appearances for the club since.
Predominantly a centre-half this season, Kelly has also filled in at right and left back when called upon, and always plays with passion and intensity.
With 11 total appearances this campaign, Kelly has been an ever-present of Palace’s impressive FA Cup run, playing three times as the Eagles have kept three straight clean sheets.
Kelly’s five league appearances have also brought success, as the defender recently contributed to December’s 1-0 win over Leicester City and February’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United.
Every side needs a player like Martin Kelly: a more than capable back-up who will always give his all when called upon in the starting lineup. Crystal Palace’s decision to extend his deal is yet another example of how well the club is run and will prove to be an astute call.