He has had his problems in the past, but now that they seem to be behind him, Albert Kelly is the front-runner to start at the halfback position, in front of former Eels halfback Tim Smith.

After battling it out in the pre-season, Kelly has gotten the nod over Smith, as he looks set to partner former Panther Wade Graham in the halves.

Having made his debut at fullback for the Sharks, he only ended up playing 5 games for the Sharks, but it was the strong training in his favoured position of halfback that most impressed Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan.

“Wado’s [Graham’s] going pretty good, I think we’ve just got to find him a permanent partner, that’s the hard thing,” captain Paul Gallen said.

“It looks like Albert Kelly’s probably there at the moment.

“It’s going to be a big ask, someone has to step up and perform to be [Graham’s] partner.”

For Tim Smith, he had his break-out year in 2005, winning the Rookie of the Year, but since then, it has been somewhat of a slide.

“I think it’s just a matter of Timmy had his opportunity last year and went really well some games and then not so good other games, so I think it’s just a matter of one of those two being able to play well every single week,” Gallen said.

By ricky

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