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From the pitch to the police force: Former Notts County player scores jobs defending community

Former Notts County defender Julian Kelly has joined Nottinghamshire Police Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A former Notts County player has joined Nottinghamshire Police after hanging up his boots in 2013.

Julian Kelly, 30, said it was difficult choice to give up the sport he’d been playing all his life.

The former Arsenal academy enjoyed spells with Reading, Wycombe and Lincoln before signing for the Magpies.

He spent three years at Meadow Lane after being signed by then Manager Martin Allen in the summer of 2011.

Kelly went on to make 54 appearances for the club and was also part of the squad that travelled to Turin, to play in the first ever match at the Italian giants Juventus' new stadium.

New police officer Julian Kelly during him time at Notts County Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Now, the former defender is spending his time on the front-line protecting the streets of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

After swapping the balls for the beat, Kelly said he is very 'excited' and 'proud' to be joining the force.

Julian Kelly joined Nottinghamshire Police after hanging up his boots in 2013 Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

It’s weird, after playing in front of thousands, I was nervous marching in the passing out parade!

"When I was at school police always interested me, I was always watching the TV shows, the documentaries, but at that time football was my main kind of thing.

"When I stopped playing, I wanted to get into the police, but they weren’t recruiting, so it’s been a long journey to get this point."

– Nottinghamshire Police officer, Julian Kelly:
Newest recruit for Nottinghamshire Police Julian Kelly Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The new officer said he had a 'great time' with Notts County and went to explain why he chose to join the police.

I got released from Notts as I kept getting injured and I couldn’t get my body right.

"I had a great time at Meadow Lane, the game at Juventus was incredible. I still can’t quite believe it happened. It was unbelievable.

"After that I got a temporary job in factories, worked at Warburtons bread factory, I was a delivery driver, whatever I did to get money and to provide for my family.

"I’m an active person and I didn’t want a job where I was behind a desk in an office, I’m an active person and I love talking to people, so it’s the ideal job."

– Nottinghamshire Police officer, Julian Kelly:

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