Hull FC half back Albert Kelly has admitted he has a decision to make whether or not he returns to Australia in 2019.
The talented half back is out of contract at the end of the season, and admits he would be open to offers in the NRL, although nothing conclusive has been decided.
“In the back of my mind I know that I’m going to have to make a tough decision on whether I stay or end up going home,” Kelly told Rugby League newspaper League Express.
“It’s kind of daunting with that sitting in the back of your head. It could weigh me down, but I don’t want it to effect my game or my preparation going into a game.
“I’ll set up a plan and write it down on paper just to say I have a plan in place. I’ve been planning different scenarios in my mind on whether I stay or if I go. It’s been running through my head.
“When you think about it, four years is a long time. I get reminded about that by my family, who are asking when I’m coming home all of the time.
“But I don’t think it will be in the back of my mind going into the new season. I’ve got a plan in place to get the best footy out of me again this year, and if I can execute that plan as well as I did last year the decision will get made for me.”
Such comments by Kelly could come as a concern to Hull fans, but really it’s the absolute opposite.
The fact that he’s taken to Hull FC so well is what is making his decision so tough.
“It is a testament to the club and the players here,” Kelly continued.
“Everyone here has been fantastic. I’m enjoying my footy and my life here. The only thing I don’t enjoy is the weather, which is just too cold. But the coaching staff have been fantastic.
“They’ve got me in a good spot and I enjoy being at such a great club around great people.
“I don’t think I’ve enjoyed my football so much for a long time, and I’m looking forward to it this year. I’m excited to see what we can do.”