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The Irish right back has pledged his future to the west London club by signing a two-year contract extension

Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Kelly has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at Fulham, keeping him at Craven Cottage until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

The 28-year-old played 33 times for Martin Jol’s side last season having fought off competition for the right back position and Kelly has now ended any speculation about a move by committing himself to the Cottagers until June 2014 at least.

After joining the west London club in 2009, he struggled to make an impact under previous managers Roy Hodgson and Mark Hughes but has excelled under the management of Dutchman Martin Jol.

Kelly has made 30 appearances for Republic of Ireland after debuting in 2006 and captained the Boys in Green during a friendly against Uruguay last August.

“I’m delighted that it’s sorted now and I can hopefully continue on from last year,” Kelly said after signing the contract.

“It was a really good end to the season with the way we finished off, the way we were playing and I just hope we can continue on with that again.

"To sign another contract here is fantastic. I’m delighted to be staying at the club and I just want to carry on with the progression I’ve made over the last year or so,” he added.

The Dublin-born defender began his professional career with Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Birmingham City in 2006, for whom he made 79 appearances. Kelly was part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 squad but didn’t feature during the tournament.

Fulham kick off their new English Premier League season with a home game against Norwich City.

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