Hull FC half back Albert Kelly has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the year to return back to Australia.
The 29-year-old has spent the past three and a half seasons at the Airlie Birds, but is out of contract come November.
Arriving from the old enemy as a surprise signing, Kelly was labelled a ticking time bomb, but his career at Hull FC has been nothing short of sensational.
Kelly was practically unplayable in his debut year of 2017, earning himself a place in the Super League Dream Team, as well as being nominated for the Man of Steel and contributing to the clubs second Challenge Cup win at Wembley.
Unfortunately niggly and persistent injuries kept Kelly out for half of the 2018 season, but he was right up there again in 2019 as one of the clubs best players.
The writing was perhaps on the wall when Jake Connor got the six shirt for 2020, having voiced a desire to play half back.
But Kelly remained professional throughout and having bided his time with a reserves outing and two match suspension, he came back to first team action in round five of 2020.
A brilliant player, he will be missed.
“I want to thank you all for the great memories and support over the years,” Kelly wrote on his Instagram page.
“At the end of my contract this year I will be heading home to Australia. Let’s get back playing so we can finish the year off strong.”
Kelly to date has made 69 appearances for Hull, scoring 41 tries.
He told the club website, “Firstly I would like to thank all the members and supporters for their support and to all the staff across the board.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity this great club has given me and the special memories it has given me and my family. I’ve been here in the UK nearly six years and now that the kids are getting older I think it’s the right time to head home.
“Hull in general will always have a special place in our hearts as my son Boston was born here. Hopefully down the track I can bring him back and watch a game or two.”
He added, “With all that said I’m super keen to get back to business and finish on a high with the fellas.”
All on a free too. Cheers, Albey. But we’re not done yet.