Albert Kelly’s sensational form after 5 rounds in the Betfred Super League, have clubs circling for his signature for 2018
Kelly, 26, made a high-profile move across the city of Hull from arch-rivals Hull Kingston Rovers, following their relegation to the Kingstone Press Championship at the end of the 2016 season.
What a signing it has been for the Black and Whites, with Kelly’s off-field problems a known issue Lee Radford decided to throw a life-line to the former NRL Gold Coast Titan play-maker and boy has it paid off early for Radford.
Kelly has played 4 out of the 5 games for Hull FC in 2017, missing one due to suspension. Scoring doubles in the last 3 of his matches and help guide the Black and Whites to the top end of the table, sitting behind the bench-mark team in the competition the Castleford Tigers.
Kelly’s stunning form has started to turn heads and just not in Super League. NRL Clubs are starting to take notice and are now keeping close tabs on him, as he is only signed with the Black and Whites until the end of the 2017 season.
Hull FC will find it hard to obtain Kelly past the 2017 season if NRL teams start to table big money contracts to the 26-year-old.
It is already known that Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is already looking at the Super League to replace Ben Hunt, who signed a 5-year $6 Million dollar deal with NRL Club St George-Illawarra Dragons.
It is understood Bennett has interest in Richard Myler from the Catalan Dragons, but a combination of Albert Kelly and Anthony Milford would be more appealing to the master coach.
The Brisbane Broncos would not be the only NRL Club interested in Kelly in 2018, with the Newcastle Knights look to replace Jarrod Mullen – who is facing a 4-year drug ban.
The Canterbury Bulldogs would also enter the market for Kelly, as the club wants to shake up their half combination of Josh Reynolds and Moses Mybe – With Josh Reynolds understood to been told he is free to look elsewhere for 2018.
The Jury is still out for the Parramatta Eels, on whether or not Clint Gutherson is the permanent answer to their half combination with Corey Norman. Brad Arthur is believed to still be on the look for a bigtime player-maker for partner Norman and Albert Kelly could be the answer in 2018.
Kelly has made 92 first grade appearances (NRL: 47 Games – SL: 45 games) and has scored 47 tries. He is expected to be hot property if he continues with his sensational 2017 form.