Ex-Hull FC halfback Albert Kelly will START for Brisbane Broncos this weekend against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Much has been made this off-season about who will partner major recruit Adam Reynolds in the halves in 2022, but with the ex-Rabbitohs man still enduring Covid-19, Kelly has been given the nod to take the number 7 shirt.
Kelly will play alongside Billy Walters – son of head coach Kevin – as the Broncos look to improve on their 14th-place finish and seven wins of 2021.
30-year-old Kelly has made a combined 171 NRL and Super League appearances since debuting in 2010 and has been impressive since making his Australian comeback with the Broncos midway through the 2021 season.
He made a number of appearances for Brisbane last season after returning from England where he played 118 games for Hull KR and then Hull Fs between 2015 and 2020, scoring 67 tries in total in the Super League.
He played a total of 47 NRL games for Cronulla and the Titans from 2010 to 2014 before his overseas stint.
On his return to Australia earlier in 2021, he played consistent football for Broncos Affiliate South Logan Magpies before being given another shot at the NRL with a debut for Brisbane in Round 11 against the Sydney Roosters.
That night, Kelly helped orchestrate a memorable 34-16 upset at the Sydney Cricket Ground and he has been a part of the Broncos’ NRL squad ever since.
And, former Warrington Wolves man Tyrone Roberts will come off the bench for the Broncos.