KELLY’S EYES ON PLAYING AT VERY HIGHEST LEVEL WITH COVE AFTER SIGNING NEW LONG TERM CONTRACT
DARRYN Kelly says his big wish now after signing a new three year contract with Cove Rangers is to spend the rest of his career with the club.
The 31-year-old defender penned an extension to his current deal which will keep him at Balmoral Stadium until at least the summer of 2022.
But Darryn, who will miss tomorrow's Breedon Highland League visit to Lossiemouth because of a knee injury, plans to be playing for Cove well beyond that.
"I would be delighted to play for the club for as long as they will have me," said Darryn, who joined the club in 2014 from Aberdeen Junior side Culter.
"I certainly have no desire to play for anyone else and like to think there will still be another two or three years left in me when the contract I have just signed runs out.
"This is fantastic club and Its a massive compliment to me that they have seen fit to give me another three years.
"It has given me a bit of security and you can't ask for more than that when you're with a club that you are very happy at."
Darryn was a relatively late starter at Highland League level, he was 26 when he made the step up from Culter.
"That has made me even more determined to play for as long as I can at the highest level possible,"he said.
"Things couldn't have gone much better than they have for me with Cove.
"We've won at least one trophy every season, sometimes more, which is what we are all in the game for.
"The more honours you win the more you want"
Darryn's ultimate aim is to do his bit to ensure Cove make the step up to the SPFL before his current contract runs out.
Even more so after seeing their promotion dreams killed off in a controversial 3-2 defeat by Cowdenbeath at Central Park last season.
He said:"The main priority, obviously, is to try and win the league again, although none of us are taking that for granted.
"Brora are actually ahead of us at the moment and, even though we know we have two games in hand, we accept they are going to be tough to get the better of.
"But it would be great if we could and also go one step further than we did last season in the play-offs.
"We are all hoping it's going to be third time lucky as far as they go because we were knocked out at the first play off stage at our first attempt.
"What happened to us down at Cowdenbeath is definitely a motivation.
"I accept that we didn't play at our best in the second half but a lot of things went against us that left us with a sense of injustice at the end.
"If we do make it to that stage again you can be sure we will be doing all that we can to make sure we are feeling a lot happier.
"From the very first day I signed five years ago I was told the club has ambitions to play at a higher level.
"Where Balmoral Stadium stands now was still just a field, but already that was what the people at Cove were setting their sights on.
"Hopefully we can finally make that dream happen this season, but we know there is still a lot of hard work ahead if that is to be the case."