melbournevictory.com.au is taking a look back at some of the players that have featured for the club over the past 15 years. Today, we profile Geoff Kellaway.
Left-sided player Geoff Kellaway joined Melbourne Victory in August 2011, after impressing Ernie Merrick in a pre-season friendly match while playing for Dandenong Thunder.
Kellaway signed an injury-replacement deal to cover Matthew Kemp who had suffered a serious knee injury.
Following selection in the 2009/10 Welsh Premier League team of the season, Kellaway ended up at Dandenong Thunder after packing his bags and moving across the world to try his luck at football in Australia.
At the time Kellaway said, “a mate of mine mentioned to me in the pub one night that he was heading to Australia for a bit of a footballing holiday, so I decided to join him and it’s worked out far better than I could ever have imagined.
Football Operations manager at the time, Gary Cole, said Kellaway’s performance in the mid-week friendly stuck in his mind.
“Geoff was fantastic that night,” Cole said.
“Both Ernie (Merrick) and I walked away from that game wondering who he was and when we found out a little more about him we realised he’d be a good fit for our squad – especially with Matthew Kemp out for a few more months.
“He possesses great speed and has all the attributes to make a considerable contribution to this club.”
Where is he now?
Kellaway ended up making nine appearances for Victory before returning to the UK, where he has continued his career in the Welsh Premier League.
In July 2011, he joined Aberystwyth Town and after one season he moved to Llanelli, where he made his debut in the UEFA Europa League against Kups in Finland.
Kellaway returned to Aberystwyth Town in 2013 where he has remained since, playing in the Welsh Cup Final of 2014/15, and the UEFA Europa League and Europa League Play Off Final. He has clocked over 300 matches in the Welsh Premier League.