Despite all that hype however, for now sacked Sharks half Albert Kelly, his career appears to be at a crossroads – after the Cronulla Sharks sacked the former Eel, following one too many indiscretions whilst at the club.
It was only 4 years ago, that he was playing for the NSW U18’s side and the Australian Schoolboys side – a sign that he was destined for bigger things in league as one of the next big stars.
Whilst Kelly has been sacked, the decision was not an easy one for Sharks Chairman Damien Irvine, who said: “Albert’s played his last game for the club.”
The Sharks mulled carefully over their eventual decision, factoring in the talent and skills that Kelly possesses, compared to the off-field problems, or demons if you will, that he has off the field.
“When do you stop writing breach notices?” Irvine said.
“It’s not about just sacking the kid. He’s had umpteen notices when you only need three.
“It’s very disappointing because Darren (Mooney) and Shane (Flanagan) put in so much work with the kid. They afforded him so much effort and time. Sadly, it doesn’t always work out.”
There were that many indiscretions going on – that even Kelly’s manager Steve Gillis parted ways with his client, after he struggled to get the talented half in line.
Irvine hopes that Kelly can get his life on track, as quickly as possible.
“Albert has got to make a decision whether he wants to play football,” Irvine said.
“He’s a really talented kid but unfortunately his actions indicated he didn’t want to be here.
“I’ve taken him for coffee and to lunch just to talk and try to help him but sadly it hasn’t worked out.”