BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Emma Kelly of England battles with Naweal Ouinekh of France during the U19 Women's International match between England and France at St Georges Park on June 2, 2016 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (The FA via Getty Images)

Birmingham City sign former Sunderland attacker

Birmingham City have completed the signing of former Sunderland attacker Emma Kelly according to official club media sources.

The 23-year-old can operate in either an attacking midfield role, out wide or as an out-and-out striker and the player will bring plenty of versatility with her to the SportNation.bet Stadium.

Kelly joins the Blues as a free agent following a spell playing in Iceland with top flight outfit IBV Vestmannaeyjar. The length of the player’s contract has not been revealed by Birmingham City. The midfielder is unlikely to be available for Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League fixture at Arsenal with Kelly currently waiting for her international clearance to come through while she must also spend time building her match fitness in the coming weeks.

The player started her career with Sunderland and she was an FA Women’s Super League 2 title-winner with the Wearside club in 2014 as they beat Doncaster Rovers Belles to top spot by just two points. Kelly has since enjoyed a spell with Middlesbrough where she was first team captain before spending six months playing in Iceland with IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

Kelly has represented England at Under-17 and Under-19 levels earlier in her career while she has spent time training the the Under-21 age group.

The player will wear the number 14 shirt for new club Birmingham City.

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