A late signing in the 2015 summer transfer window, Andy Kellett arrived from local rivals Bolton Wanderers on a three-year deal.
Having been on the fringes of the first-team at his boyhood club, Kellett saw the move across Greater Manchester as an opportunity to establish himself as a first team player.
On his debut four days after signing, Kellett provided an assist and made a distinct impact as Latics came from two goals down to 3-2 at Chesterfield with all three goals following Kellett’s 79th minute introduction.
After three further substitute appearances in the league and three Johnstone’s Paint Trophy starts, Kellett was a surprise inclusion as Latics went to Barnsley in their final game before Christmas.
An initially strange looking move saw the left back feature in a number ten role, a tactical moment of genius from Gary Caldwell and his staff as Kellett scored the opening goal to mark his first Latics league start in fine style.
Kellett followed that goal up with the opening strike in our 3-1 win a Fleetwood Town in the next fixture but found his opportunities more limited as the season wore on with the arrivals of Yanic Wildschut, Conor McAleny and Ryan Colclough making the number ten spot harder for Kellett to fill whilst both Chris McCann and loanee Stephen Warnock performed admirably at left back to keep Kellett out of the team.
Still developing his game, Kellett will be keen to show his manager what more he has to offer in the Championship this season.
CAREER SO FAR
Bolton-born Andy Kellett joined Latics on transfer deadline day in September 2015, signing a three-year-deal, having played for his home town club Bolton Wanderers since he was seven-years-old.
The defender came through Bolton's academy and went on to make four Championship appearances, including his debut as a substitute against Leicester City in April 2014.
Kellett enjoyed a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle during the early months of the 2014-15 season, so much so that he was voted the club's Young Player of the Season, despite making just 12 appearances in which he scored one goal.
In February 2015, the full back joined Manchester United on loan, where he made 10 appearances for their Under 21 side.
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