Hull FC Players, Supporters and Community Player of the Year Albert Kelly can’t hide his excitement for the clubs tour to Australia next year.
The Challenge Cup holders head to New South Wales in February to play two games, and on the back of another great season, it’s another blockbuster event the talented half back wants to be a part of.
“The two games in Australia will be history making for Super League and I’m glad that we’re one of the teams to be a part of it,” Kelly told the Hull Daily Mail.
“It’s going to be a special occasion and a great trip for the club. These are the sort of occasions you want to play in.
“Going to Australia comes off the back of a good year. We just fell that one game short of Old Trafford and that was what we aimed for at the start so it was disappointing.
“It was frustrating not to make the Grand Final but I have looked at everything positively, and overall I’m very happy with the year. I want to win more trophies.”
Present for the shirt launch, Kelly, along with current first team members Dean Hadley and Jake Connor, unveiled the 2018 kit, with the Aussie staying put in East Yorkshire during the winter break.
With Kelly’s second season syndrome already on most East Hull residents Christmas lists, the Aussie has been training locally, pissing on their bonfires, and therefore set for pre-season with FC later this month.
“We (Albey and family) haven’t gone back to Australia in the off-season because we’re playing there in February,” Kelly added. “It saves a bit of money as well. I’ll see my family and friends whilst we’re there.
“Instead I’ve been training. I like training by myself because you can just take it at your own pace and chill out.
“You also don’t want to come back in on the first day of pre-season and you’re ten weeks behind most of the boys, so it’s good to keep on top of things.
“Some of the younger blokes are coming back in a bit earlier so you don’t want them to show you up. You have to put the hard yards in.”
Not bad for a disruptive influence.