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Georgie Kelly

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Biography

Date of birth

12/11/1996

Signed

28/01/2022

Country

Republic of Ireland

The Millers swooped to strengthen their attacking ranks in January with Georgie Kelly joining the squad on a three-and-a-half year deal following the expiration of his contract with Irish side Bohemians.

The Derry-born frontman caught the eye of a number of suitors with his scintillating form in 2021/22 in his native Ireland, where he helped himself to a colossal 26 goals in the League of Ireland.

Kelly was understandably hot property following the previous campaign coming to an end and reportedly attracted interest from England, Scotland, Holland and Denmark before Paul Warne swooped for his signature, having tracked his progress and done his due diligence prior to him putting pen-to-paper in South Yorkshire.

The Irishman began his footballing journey with University College Dublin AFC before moving on to Dundalk in 2018. Kelly’s time in Co. Louth was limited to just seven league appearances, but that did not stop him scoring the same number of goals in his two-year stint with the club.

From there, he made the switch to St. Patrick’s in July 2020 where this time his three goals outweighed his two league appearances.

However, it was with Bohemians where Kelly really found his feet and, having penned a deal in January 2021, the appearances went hand-in-hand with goals.

Having set the tone with his first goal for the Bohs in March against Longford Town, Kelly never looked back and then netted a hat-trick against his former club Dundalk, before going on to score four in his next outing in a 5-0 drubbing of Drogheda.

It didn’t take him long to etch his name into Rotherham United folklore, nine minutes in fact.

After waiting patiently for his debut, he replaced Michael Smith as a second half substitute in their pivotal final day clash against Gillingham.

The Millers were clinging on to a 1-0 lead, which would be enough to see them pip MK Dons to the second and final automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League One.

In a moment Millers fans will never forget, Kelly arrived late into the area to meet Chiedozie Ogbene’s cutback and fire an unstoppable shot into the far right corner, sending over 2,000 travelling supporters behind the goal into ecstasy.

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