Young centre joins uncle Greg at the Bunnies

Keeden Kelly

The family connection among players is always strong, and at just 15 years old, St Paul's College student Kaeden Kelly has signed a contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the next 3 years.

Kelly won't head to the club not knowing anyone, however, with his uncle and star fullback Greg Inglis already at the club – with the young Macleay product investing his own time into training as hard as he can.

“I’m doing training on my own at the moment, some weights and boot camp,” he said.

“I go to the gym and do it all myself.

“I’d rather be out playing footy, but it’s still good.”

Kelly, who is mainly a centre, and has played for the Smithtown Tigers is currently on crutches due to damaged ankle ligaments, but the injury should not keep him out of action for long.

The famous family ties to rugby league do not stop at Greg, however, with Lewis Kelly, Keeden's grandfather, a member of the 1980 Clayton Cup-winning Narwan team.

“He had three clubs interested in him – the (Wests) Tigers and (Newcastle) Knights,” Lewis said.

”His mum lives in the Rabbitohs area and that’ll make it easier for him to train.”

At just 15, Kelly already has rep honours to his name, selected for the second straight year for the NSW Indigenous U16 side to take on QLD in February.

Steve Hall, a NSWRL Indigenous Rugby League Development Officer, says that the added experience Kelly has at that representative level, will aid the side during the game.

“This is Keeden’s second year in our development side,” he said.

“This is an elite program which has produced players like Jamal Idris so Keeden is definitely on the radar when it comes to playing in the NRL in the future.”

Kelly has his hopes set high in the game of rugby league – one day planning to play State of Origin for NSW and for his country, Australia.

“I would love to play for Australia and NSW,” he said.