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Squad Quality Makes It Easy For Kelly

5 December 2012

Julian Kelly feels that the quality of the Magpies’ squad has helped him to settle back into the side.

Kelly missed nearly two months of action with a hamstring injury but has returned to the starting 11 for the Magpies’ clashes with Swindon Town and Rotherham United.
The defender started the campaign well and has been left frustrated having to watch on from the stands.

Now back in the fold, the 23-year-old is eager to get back to his best in the coming weeks. 

He told Magpie Player: “It’s been very hard and, as any footballer will tell you, the worst thing is being injured.

“You just don’t know what to do with yourself, you’re stuck and it’s quite depressing. 

“It’s great to be back now and it’s easier to settle in when the team’s doing well.

“If the team’s winning, then you’ll more than likely do well, you can play with a smile on your face and it’s easier.

“I just want to play as many games as possible now and do what I can to help get the team as far up the table as possible.” 

Following the latest injury setback, Kelly is more determined than ever to make sure that he does not suffer another reoccurrence. 

The defender is putting in extra work with the club’s medical department and has even taken up yoga at the club’s gym, ROKO. 

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with Becky [Knight], Nick [Ward] and Leon [Douglas-Martin] trying to get everything stronger, not just the hamstring but the whole bottom half of the legs,” he said. 

“I’ll try anything to make sure that I’m fit and I went to the yoga the other weekend for the first time and it was different.

“I could see from the session that it relaxes your mind gets you into positions where you have to become more flexible to hold them.”

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