Albert Kelly to be given chance to prove fitness

In the present day concussion injuries are a risky business, and Hull FC’s case with Albert Kelly is no different.

The Australian half back hasn’t played since the defeat to St Helens in July, with a setback halting his return to training a few weeks ago.

But after visiting a head injury specialist in Manchester, Kelly has shown significant progress since then and Hull could be tempted to try him out as soon as the Super 8s game against the same opposition next Friday night.

A similar case saw Hull KR release their now former centre Andrew Heffernan last month, after repeated concussion problems, and Hull have a desire to know where they stand with Kelly.

It could be considered to some as a risk, but to play in the Super League competition following a concussion injury you have to pass a series of head tests anyway.

With strains in the salary cap and with recruitment now a priority after Adam Pearson’s comments, the last thing Hull want is to get to the opener in 2019 and not know if their star player can handle the physical demands of a first grade match.

Therefore it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kelly line up at St Helens, as Hull search for a first win in almost three months.

Alongside the potential return of Jake Connor, that would be a massive boost to an already depleted squad, and an incentive, not that we need one already, to be at St Helens next week.

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  1. Kelly is without doubt a great, natural rugby-league player, and he goes in where it hurts. But Hull FC need to establish whether or not he has a future within the club and the only way to do that is to play him. If he has got over the head-knocks/concussions and is deemed fully-fit to play that is.They could decide that this should be this season, or err on the side of caution and not play him until next season. I’d say the sooner the better because he could then go into the close season with some confidence regards his fitness, and the club would also be clearer about his future as a rugby-league player.

    • Thanks for your comment Brian. That was the logic I arrived at too so I’m naturally disappointed to see the club have now confirmed he won’t play again in 2018. I understand he was very close to playing against Castleford last week and that would have given us a great indication to where we are at with him. I’d hate, worst case scenario of course, for us to go into next season and Kelly suffers another setback and then we are left with no time or cap space to get a replacement. He’s reportedly made good progress and said so himself he wanted to play so frustrating to not see that bear fruit until 2019 now.

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