Despite all that however, and following his recent sacking by the Cronulla Sharks – the Newcastle Knights (led by a push from coach Wayne Bennett), have decided to help former Eel and Shark Albert Kelly, in getting his career back on track.
In spite of the Knights taking Kelly in however, and his training with the side, it is unlikely that he will be offered a contract by the club, at any stage of this year.
“We’re just doing what we can to help Albert get his life back on track,”Knights CEO Matt Gidley said.
“He’s moved up here to play with local club Central Charlestown with his partner and there is a baby on the way
“Wayne’s attitude is ‘I just want to see the boy happy again’ after what’s happened so he’s been to training today and had a run with the boys.
“There is a possibility we will register him for NSW Cup but we have four or five guys playing in the halves at that level in front of him so, to be honest, it’s pretty unlikely he’ll end up playing for us.
“He’s got some people up here helping him and he’s just trying to get himself into a good place and back on track.
“Who knows, it might even lead to another NRL club picking him up which would be fantastic for him.