Albert Kelly keeps NRL dream alive after finding new club

Josh McAllister
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Former Super League half-back Albert Kelly has kept his NRL dream alive following his release from Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2022 NRL campaign.

Kelly, 31, returned to Australia ahead of the 2021 NRL season with the Suncorp Stadium side.

He went on to make 12 appearances across two seasons for the Suncorp Stadium side and was released at the end of last year.

However, the playmaker has kept his NRL dream alive after securing a contract with Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins, according to Code Sports, the feeder club of Dolphins.

The move will provide Kelly the chance to impress Dolphins boss Wayne Bennett, with the Redcliffe Dolphins coached by former international star Ben Te’o.

Dolphins enter their first NRL season in 2023 and open their campaign on March 5 against Sydney Roosters.

The one-time Indigenous All Stars representative featured for the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup competition in 2022, having fallen down the pecking order at Brisbane. He made just four appearances for the NRL outfit in 2022, and was involved in an altercation with team-mate Payne Haas earlier in April.

The Dolphins already have the likes of Anthony Milford, Sean O’Sullivan and Kodi Nikorima signed up for their inaugural NRL campaign, but have spaces left on their top 30 roster.

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Kelly made his professional debut back in 2010 for Cronulla Sharks, having featured for Parramatta Eels’ Toyota Cup team previously.

He made 14 appearances for the club across two seasons before stepping down to Newcastle Rugby League with Newcastle Butcher Boys.

In 2013, he returned to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans and eventually moved to England with Hull KR in 2015. In the same season, he was named the club’s Player of the Year and featured in the Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds at Wembley Stadium

After two seasons at Craven Park, he moved to rivals Hull FC and won the Challenge Cup final in 2017. He was also named in the 2017 Super League Dream Team in the halves alongside Luke Gale.

He returned to Australia for the 2021 season and joined Brisbane on an initial train and trial contract and made his comeback in round 11 against Sydney Roosters.

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