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Kelly a Titan for two more years
Kelly, who is the Titans’ leading try scorer after 13 Rounds, has secured a two-year extension on the back of a stellar debut season for the club since arriving on the Gold Coast on a short term contract last November.
The 22-year-old said he was enjoying life on the Gold Coast and was excited to have secured his future for the next two years.
“The Titans showed great faith in me to give me a chance and I’m grateful for that opportunity,” said Kelly.
“It’s great to have my future all sorted for the next few years so I can continue my development with the Titans. I still want to prove myself as a regular first grader and I’m excited about the next few years here at the Titans.’’
iSelect Titans Coach John Cartwright said Kelly was an important part of the club’s youthful ‘spine’ which includes fullback William Zillman (aged 25), five-eighth Aidan Sezer (21) and hooker Matt Srama (21).
“It’s a great signing for the club. I think the players we have in halves, the hooking role and at fullback are guys we can build the future of the club around,’’ said Cartwright
“We’ve got a good group of experienced players but to have a core group at such an early stage of their careers and doing the job now is great because they’re only going to get better.
“I think the club can build itself around the likes of those guys.’’
Cartwright said Kelly had proved he deserved a two-year contract extension based on his commitment on and off the field since arriving at the club.
“I think the important thing for Albert is he’s got a group of players and staff that care about him and want to see him do well,’’ said Cartwright.
“Since he turned up in November, he has trained the house down and he fully deserves an extension.
“It’s great that it’ll give him and his family stability for the next two years.’’