Ex-Hull FC star Albert Kelly faces a challenge from three other halfbacks in a bid to cement his position as Brisbane Broncos’ number 6.
Not only will Kelly face opposition from Tyson Gamble – who made a name for himself in the 2021 NRL season – but also the seasoned Billy Walters and Ezra Mam, the latter whom is hitting the headlines already despite being just 19 years old.
“I’m giving everyone the opportunity in training and trials and everyone will get a fair opportunity to show their skills,” Brisbane Broncos head coach Kevin Walters told NRL.com.
“There’s a big emphasis for those players for the number 6 jersey about who it is going to be.
“It’s a good healthy environment that we are competing in training and trials.
“We are looking at a defensive point of view and who can defend the best there.”
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 since 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 this year, 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.