Titans add Kelly to 2013 training squad
Gold Coast have added further depth to their pre-season training squad for season 2013, with backline utility Albert Kelly to join the club on a part-time trial basis in the off-season.by NRL
Gold Coast have added further depth to their pre-season training squad for season 2013, with backline utility Albert Kelly to join the club on a part-time trial basis in the off-season.
The club has also formally confirmed the signings of 19-year-old English fullback Matt Russell on a two-year contract and former Canberra Raiders lower grade prop Mark Ioane, 21, on a one-year contract.
Former Cronulla halfback/fullback Kelly, a cousin of NRL superstar Greg Inglis, will join the club on a part-time trial period from November 5 through to the club's pre-season trial matches in February.
Kelly, 21, has battled off-field issues in the past during stints with Cronulla and Newcastle and has not played in the NRL since 2011.
Jetstar Titans General Manager of Football Scott Clark said the club was happy to provide an opportunity for Kelly to revive his NRL career.
"Albert has an opportunity to train with the full-time squad over the off-season and to play some trial matches during the pre-season,'' said Clark.
"If he is able to tick all of the boxes both on and off the field then it could lead to something more permanent with the club.
"We have been able to provide a positive environment for other players who have had off-field issues in the past so hopefully Albert can make the most of his opportunity here with the Titans.''
Kelly will join new signings Russell and Ioane, along with Queensland State of Origin forward David Taylor as the fresh faces at the club for the start of pre-season training on November 5.
Former Titans Under-20s backline utility Shaun Carney will also re-join the NRL squad for pre-season training after a year playing for Queensland Cup feeder club Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Clark said the addition of Russell and Ioane would add further depth to the club's roster for next season.
"We are happy with the roster we've been able to assemble for next season,'' said Clark.
"Mark is a former Junior Kiwi who has played some good football for the Raiders' feeder team and will add to our depth in the front row.
"Matt Russell is a young talent who is still eligible to play in the NYC (National Youth Competition) next season and is moving to Australia in search of an opportunity in the NRL.''
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