Julian Kelly keeps his feet on the groundBy Nick Ive
February 13, 2009
Julian Kelly insists there is no chance of getting carried away with his recent success because his school mates won’t stand for it.
The 19-year-old has emerged as another promising Academy product this season, having made eight appearances in all competitions.
He made an impressive first league start recently in Reading’s 1-0 victory over Wolves and came through with flying colours.
Kelly was up against Matt Jarvis, who is regarded as one of the best wingers in the Championship. But Jarvis was taken off in that match and was dropped for Wolves’ subsequent game against Watford the following Saturday.
“Was he taken off? I didn’t know that,” smiled Kelly when told of that fact. “That’s all right then. I certainly think I played okay.”
“I got a copy of that game on dvd and watched it myself and then my dad watched it later. I enjoyed it.
“The whole occasion was brilliant, especially as I had seven of my school mates there at the game.”
However, he insisted: “They certainly don’t think I’m a star, they treat me exactly the same as when we were at school and that’s good because I don’t get carried away.
“It’s like everything was normal.”
Despite Kelly’s impressive display against the leaders, the London-born star was dropped from the squad all together for the trip to Queens Park Rangers a few days later.
It was nothing to do with his performance, though. Regular right-back Liam Rosenior was available after serving a one-match ban and manager Steve Coppell wanted his experience.
And Kelly admitted: “Of course I wanted to stay in, but Rosey has been brilliant and he was excellent against QPR.
“I half expected not to play because he has done so well this season. He’s probably the best full-back in the division.
“The gaffer told me I did well, but just said he wanted that experience and I can fully understand that.
“It was good to get an explanation and know his reasons.
“But I am young and it is a learning curve for me.
“I was at the game and Wally Downes (coach) told me to just watch Rosey, which I did because it helps my game.
“I definitely model my game on him. He is an attacking full-back like me.
“I try and look at his positional sense. He has played loads of games in the Premiership and I can only learn from him.”
Kelly was due to play in the previous two reserves matches at Portsmouth last week and Gillingham on Tuesday, but the matches were postponed due to the weather.
He will now have to wait at least another week for the scheduled match with Crystal Palace, but he added: “I just want to push on, keep working hard and hopefully get another chance to show what I can do.”