After a good number of lean years at rival clubs, Gold Coast Titans halfback Albert Kelly appears to have found a place where he can enjoy playing and stay out of the negative spotlight, re-signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a 2-year deal.
Kelly, who leads the Titans in tries scored after 13 rounds, said the two-year extension is something he looks forward to as he enjoys playing for the Titans, who gave him a short-term contract last November.
â€œThe Titans showed great faith in me to give me a chance and Iâ€™m grateful for that opportunity,â€ said Kelly.
â€œItâ€™s great to have my future all sorted for the next few years so I can continue my development with the Titans.
â€œI still want to prove myself as a regular first grader and Iâ€™m excited about the next few years here at the Titans.â€™â€™
With a young core side at the Titans, coach John Cartwright believes that the club can build around Kelly and other core players such as William Zillman and Matt Srama, heading into the future.
â€œItâ€™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,â€™â€™ said Cartwright
â€œWeâ€™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 theyâ€™re only going to get better.
â€œI think the club can build itself around the likes of those guys.â€™â€™
With previous uncertainty as to how he would go at the Titans, Kelly has perhaps surpassed the expectations of some and is currently playing career best footy, with Cartwright saying the reason behind the extension for Kelly, was because of his on and off the field commitment.
â€œI think the important thing for Albert is heâ€™s got a group of players and staff that care about him and want to see him do well,â€™â€™ said Cartwright.
â€œSince he turned up in November, he has trained the house down and he fully deserves an extension.
â€œItâ€™s great that itâ€™ll give him and his family stability for the next two years.â€™â€™