Dane Kelly is the latest player to go on trial for the Union this season. The forward from the Charleston Battery has been considered one of the USL PRO s top forwards for the past two seasons. Kelly led the Battery with 11 goals in 23 games played this term. He was brought to Charleston for the 2011 campaign from Tivoli Gardens in the Jamaican National Premier League (JPL) on loan. This is Dane's third season on loan with the Battery from the Jamaican club, but this is the first season that he will be making a stop at an MLS club before returning home.. At 5’9" and between 150-165 lbs, the 22 year old native of Jamaica is more on par with Antoine Hoppenot than Aaron Wheeler, but reports have him as a fast, mobile forward who is comfortable holding up the ball as a target man.
Trials mean very little, and especially at this time of the season. Although considering Hackworth's penchant for the little and large forward pairing, it's not exactly a stretch to think that perhaps he is either looking for some competition for Jack McInerney in practice or a wild card to spring on unsuspecting competition during a very tough final run for a playoff spot. Either way, our sources tell us that he could do a lot worse than Kelly, who is described as a man of very few words off the field and all action on it.
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