One in one out for Tamworth as Smith wishes Kellerman well

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Gary Smith has wished James Kellerman well after the on-loan Chesterfield midfielder was recalled by his parent club.

Kellerman, 25, was initially expected to stay at The Lamb until the end of December but heads back to Derbyshire after just six appearances.

The midfielder caught the eye in his short stint with his work rate. He also scored two goal-of-the-season contenders in the process.

While Smith would have preferred to keep him a little longer, he isn’t surprised why the Spireites have taken the chance to recall him.

“Anyone who has seen him play have seen the ability he has,” Smith said.

“He’s a gifted footballer so you can see why Chesterfield have recalled him. It’s not easy to find players of that ability, especially at our level. 

“We were grateful for them letting him come to us in the first place but not so grateful for them taking him back! He gave us a different edge to our game and scored two cracking goals.”

Looking to fill the void left by Kellerman is experienced midfielder Bradley Birch.

The former Hednesford Town and Stourbridge man signed papers with Tamworth last week as the club look to continue their upward surge in the league.

Smith reckons it was vital the club looked to replace Kellerman.

“It’s a long season and you never know what could happen,” Smith said.

“We lost [James] Kellerman when he was recalled so we felt there was a space to be filled and Brad fitted the bill of what we wanted which was someone who has been there and done it at this level before. 

“He comes with a lot of experience – the average age of our squad has actually gone down over the last couple of seasons – so you do need to add that experience to give those younger boys the help they need sometimes.”

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