Victory steals Dandenong's thunder

Melbourne Victory Football Club is pleased to announce it has signed Englishman Geoff Kellaway from Victorian Premier League (VPL) side Dandenong Thunder.

Melbourne Victory Football Club is pleased to announce it has signed Englishman Geoff Kellaway from Victorian Premier League (VPL) side Dandenong Thunder.

The 24 year-old impressed for the VPL club during its pre-season friendly loss to Melbourne Victory and was rewarded with a 3-month injury replacement contract, while defender Matthew Kemp continues to recover from a knee reconstruction.

Kellaway was named in the 2009/10 Welsh Premier League team of the season, but after hearing of a friends decision to travel down under and try his luck in Melbourne, the left-midfielder packed his bags and headed in the same direction, ending up at Dandenong.

“A mate of mine mentioned to me in the pub one night that he was heading to Australia for a bit of a footballing holiday, so I decided to join him and it-s worked out far better than I could ever have imagined” Kellaway said.

“Melbourne Victory is the biggest club in the A-League, so just to be given the chance to train in such a professional environment has been an amazing experience and hopefully I can repay the faith they-ve shown in me with some good performances”.

“I knew if I played well against Victory in that mid-week friendly I-d be a chance to at least get a trial and thankfully it-s all come together” he added.

Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager, Gary Cole remembers that wintery evening well, “Geoff was fantastic that night”.

“Both Ernie (Merrick) and I walked away from that game wondering who he was and when we found out a little more about him we realised he-d be a good fit for our squad - especially with Matthew Kemp out for a few more months”

“He possesses great speed and has all the attributes to make a considerable contribution to this club” Cole said.

Geoff Kellaway will assume Melbourne Victory-s vacant number 27 shirt.