He joined Glasgow Warriors from the Reivers after the closure of the Borders pro-team.
Kelly was named Players’ Player of the Season at the SPRA awards dinner in Edinburgh in April 2007.
It marked a season in which he became a Scotland back-row mainstay.
Kelly was named Man of the Match and scored his second try for Scotland in the 34-22 Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test victory over the Pacific Islanders in November 2006.
Fifteen months previously he had won his first cap and scored his first try in the 39-19 win over Romania.
That debut cap followed his senior Scotland debut in the non-cap international game against the Barbarians at Pittodrie in Aberdeen in May 2005, his solid performance contributing to the 38-7 win – the first time Scotland had beaten the Barbarians.
He studied sports science at Edinburgh University before taking up rugby as a career.
A former pupil of Earlston High School, he has represented Scotland at U21, U19, U18 and U16 levels. A mainstay of rugby in the Borders, he is a member of The Border Reivers pro-team and has represented The Borders at U20, U19, U18, U16 and U15. Kelly returned to the Scotland Sevens squad in 2005 for the IRB tournaments in New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong.
In the former crown colony he scored two tries which helped Scotland to a top eight finish in the tournament, which doubled as the Rugby World Cup 7s.
His older brother Rowan has represented Scottish Schools.
Kelly is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport