Albert Kelly has signed a new one-year deal with Brisbane Broncos after impressing in recent weeks.
But, the deal may never have been penned had the former Hull KR and FC halfback not stripped back his weight upon returning to the southern hemisphere.
“I had a few injury seasons over there (in England) where I packed on a few kilos. At one stage I was about 106 kilos. I landed back here (In Brisbane) about 100 kilos,” Kelly said.
“It was pretty tough training by myself, but I knew what I had to do, and I put all my focus in all that hard work.
“It’s got me here today and I’m very grateful for Kevvie (Broncos head coach Kevin Walters) and the club.”
With Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds joining Brisbane in 2022, Kelly may see more minutes as a running stand-off, however he admitted he would play anywhere if it meant being in the team.
“I find it easier if I’m in the team,” Kelly said.
“If that’s six, seven or 14, I’m not fussed. If I do go back to six, it will suit my natural running game. I’ll just let ‘Reyno’ run the show and I’ll run off the back of him.
“If I come off the bench, I’ll just bring a lot of energy, run hard and tackle hard.
“I’m very excited for the future.”