Kelly Set For Hull FC Debut Against Rovers

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Half-back, Albert Kelly will make his first appearance for Hull FC on Sunday against former club Hull KR.

The former Cronulla and Gold Coast player was suspended by Rovers after returning late from a trip back home to Australia and subsequently became a free agent when the club were relegated from Betfred Super League.

The 25-year-old was picked up by the Robins’ arch rivals in the close season and will face an early reunion with some of his old team-mates when he plays in the friendly pre-season derby at the KCOM Stadium.

“There are always two sides to every story with regards to why a player leaves,” said Hull coach, Lee Radford.

“I don’t know whether he’s got a point to prove to Hull KR but I think he’s got a point to prove to us. Obviously he wants to put his best foot forward for us. I don’t think he’ll be too worried about what’s happening across the river.

“From what I’ve already seen in training, Albert is going to add some real direction with the ball.

“He’s never going to smash any records in the gym or win any conditioning drills but you give him a football and a smile comes from ear to ear on his face and you get to see what he can do.”

Radford fielded a largely inexperienced side for the Boxing Day game at Castleford Tigers and will save his first-choice team for their friendly against Salford Red Devils on January 29, but says Sunday’s game represents a chance for several fringe players to stake a claim for a place in the team to play Wakefield Trinity in the opening Super League game on February 12.

“These games are an opportunity to either jump a few heads or slip down that ladder,” Radford added. “Sunday for me is just about looking at blokes who will hopefully be involved next season and showing what they’re capable of.”

Utility back Jake Connor, who has joined Hull from Huddersfield Giants, is likely to make his first appearance against Toronto Wolfpack on January 22 while centre Jack Logan is the club’s only definite absentee for the start of the season as he continues the final stages of his recovery from a serious knee injury.

 

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