With contracts set to be expiring at the end of the season, now is the time for clubs to tie down their top talent before they commit to other clubs – and Hull FC are no different.
This evening they have announced that half back Albert Kelly has penned a deal until the end of the 2020 campaign, something which was revealed to fans shortly before the Super League match against Castleford this evening. The player is currently absent due to a hamstring injury and, therefore, isn’t playing in the match.
Kelly, 27, was widely linked with a move back to the NRL and, earlier this year, fuelled those rumours with his suggestion that he had “unfinished business” back home. However, the former Hull KR player said of his new contract that “I’m very happy with the deal. I’m loving playing my footy here at Hull and I like the path that the club is taking towards success.” That success is something he has been a part of, having won a 2017 Challenge Cup winner’s medal with the Airlie Birds, two years on from losing 50-0 in the final against Leeds Rhinos with FC’s cross city rivals. He further explained that “The trophy cabinet could do with a bit more silverware, so I’m looking forward to staying here a bit longer and trying to achieve that.”
While there can be no doubting his ability on the pitch, his behaviour off the pitch can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Recently, a video emerged of him abusing a young girl in a McDonalds which led to many fans – both of Hull FC and other clubs – calling for the player to be sanctioned and, in the most extreme cases, sacked. Hull FC, however, have said they have dealt with it internally and are obviously happy enough with Kelly’s contributions to tie the player down for a further two seasons as they aim to build on their back-to-back Challenge Cup wins.