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Salford City is delighted to announce that Kelly N’Mai has committed his future to the Club until at least 2023!

The 17-year-old has quickly endeared himself to Ammies supporters after first being played by Gary Bowyer during a pre-season friendly against Derby County.

Born in the Netherlands where he was watched by Ajax while playing youth football for a second division side, Kelly came to the UK and had trials with both Manchester United and City before settling playing for Salford Boys, where he met teammates Ben Collins and Djavan Pedro.

The trio joined Salford early in the 2020-21 season, with the winger being invited to train with the first team in pre-season. His Sky Bet League Two debut came as a substitute against Newport County at the end of August, before he became the first Academy player to start a league game for Salford away at Scunthorpe United in November.

After signing a deal that runs to June 2023, with an option to extend too, Kelly said:

“It’s a brilliant achievement, it’s big for me and my family and to be the first Salford City player from the academy to start in the first team makes it a big achievement and a proud moment for me and my family.

“He told me just to express myself, and as a young forward at 17 years of age that’s all you want to be able to do knowing that the Manager’s got full faith in you, that he’s letting you go out there and do whatever you want that’s the most important thing.

“What I like about Salford is you’ve got to earn everything, you’ve got to work hard, and I like working hard, it’s how I’ve been brought up. Working hard is the most important thing in whatever you do and that’s a key thing at Salford, running hard and working hard.

“I hope more opportunities come for me to play, start a couple of games, get on the scoresheet, assist, and hopefully the fans who’ve already had my back, I hope they help me out more and more.”

Manager Gary Bowyer added:

“We’re delighted for him, to be a product of the youth team, coming through the youth system, it’s a  credit to him and credit to everyone connected with the Academy because it’s only our third season as a Football League club, but he’s earned the contract with how he’s been about the place. 

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves, we have to still remember he’s only 17 and we have to dip him in and dip him out at the right times, but he’s exciting and we’re looking forward to working with him now we’ve secured his future for the short term.”

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