Emma Kelly signs for Birmingham City

Birmingham City have announced their first signing of the winter transfer window in the form of forward Emma Kelly.

The 22-year-old joins the Blues from IBV Vestmannaeyjar – an Icelandic team where she won the side’s player of the year award.

Her transfer back to the WSL is pending international clearance.

She made 18 appearances for IBV last season, scoring three times. She also has 15 WSL appearances under her belt. All of which came playing for Sunderland in 2015 and 2016.

She was part of the Sunderland setup that won the first-ever WSL 2 title in 2014.

Kelly has made appearances for England at under-17 and under-19 level, whilst also spending time at a training camp with the under-21s.

Birmingham City manager Marta Tejedor is excited by the prospect of bringing Kelly in. The Spaniard said: “We’re very happy to have signed a player of Emma’s calibre.

“In Iceland, she was the outstanding player and received some awards.

“She can play, either nine, 10 or both wings, which is one of the qualities we expect from our players – the ability to adapt to different positions.

“She can give us more life in the forward areas, in the finishing zone if you like.

The Icelandic football season finished in October. Kelly will have to take time to become fully fit. Effectively going through her own pre-season.

“She may play some minutes,” Tejedor said. “She won’t be a starter just yet as we will have to build up her fitness level and also her understanding of what our style is, and what is expected of her.”

Emma Kelly will wear the number 14 shirt for Birmingham and won’t be part of the squad this weekend due to pending international clearance.