Port Vale FC have announced the signing of free agent Sam Kelly on a two-year deal.
The 21 year-old left-sided winger came through the Norwich City academy but was released before joining Everton in 2012. He also had a spell with Cambridge City in 2013-14.
Manager Rob Page told the official Port Vale website: “I’m very pleased to welcome Sam to Port Vale Football Club. I’m sure he will be a valuable player for us over the next few years.”
There will be speculation that Kelly’s signing means that winger Mark Marshall has rejected the offer of a new contract but that is unconfirmed at this time.
The video shows footage of Kelly in action for Norwich City.
So, who is Vale’s new signing?
In January 2010, Kelly signed a contract to become a Norwich City academy scholar.He had joined Norwich from Histon and had previously been at Cambridge United.
Kelly was released in 2012 and signed for Everton. He made his reserve team debut for Everton in a 6-3 win over Newcastle United and duly signed a professional contract.
However, Everton announced at the beginning of June 2013 that they would not be extending his contract. In August 2013, he joined Glasgow Rangers on trial but manager Ally McCoist revealed that financial restraints stopped him offering Kelly a contract.
On 3rd February 2014, Sam joined non-league Cambridge City but afer training with Norwich in the 2014 pre-season fixtures he won a contract until the end of the 2014/15 season playing more as a left-back than as a midfielder.
He was released this summer and subsequently signed for the Valiants.
Information taken from: Norwich City website Flown From the Nest