It’s a question that doesn’t seem out of the question.
Albert Kelly left Hull FC back in 2020 in order to pick up a deal with the Brisbane Broncos ahead of the 2021 season, with the halfback impressing enough to be given another year for 2022.
Since then, however, despite impressing when given a shot, Kelly faces being behind the pecking order massively under Kevin Walters.
The likes of Adam Reynolds, Tyson Gamble, Ezra Mam and Billy Walters all appear to be in front of the former Super League livewire, with the Broncos’ fortunes differing massively in 2022 as they sit inside the top four on the NRL ladder.
And, with his contract running out at the end of this season, there has been talk that he will be let go by the Broncos, but where would his destination be after that?
A return to Super League is possible, considering that an experienced halfback who can decide a game through talent alone wouldn’t go amiss in some top flight sides.
Plus, with the likes of Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity – if speculation is to be believed about Jake Trueman and Jacob Miller respectively – needing a new halfback, who’s to say Kelly couldn’t return for a cameo as clubs prepare for the future?
Kelly is now 31, but he still has lot to give as his performances for Brisbane when given a shot prove, it just remains to be seen whether or not he would be offered another deal in the NRL with clubs already wanting to finalise their sides for the year after.
Yes, the former Hull FC and Hull KR man has had his demons – the incident with Payne Haas earlier on in the season proves that – but on his day, Kelly is a maverick who can turn a game on its head instantly.