Still suspended and missing his club’s most vital period in years, it’s hard to see a future for Albert Kelly at Hull Kingston Rovers.
His late arrival home from a trip to Australia saw the halfback dropped for the club’s Qualifiers clash with Leigh Centurions, and he hasn’t been seen since.
With Kelly not expected to play for the club again, the former Cronulla and Gold Coast man will be on the lookout for a new club as he looks to put this troubled period behind him.
There’s no denying his talent, as he has proved on numerous occasions during his two year Super League stay. Kelly has the ability to dismantle a defence on his own, however, the 25-year-old needs a club that will allow him to flourish.
Here are three potential options that could be perfect for the Australian.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Kelly has been linked with a move to the Wildcats for quite some time, however noise surrounding a potential reunion with Chris Chester has got that little bit louder since his suspension was confirmed.
It’s no secret that the Wildcats are on the lookout for a new playmaker, with Chester keen to ease the pressure currently resting on the shoulders of Jacob Miller and Liam Finn.
Kelly is thought to be one of numerous players on the club’s radar, but there’s certainly a possibility that he could end up in Trinity colours next season.
Like Wakefield, Saints are on the lookout for a halfback with the departures of Travis Burns and Jordan Turner already confirmed, while Luke Walsh is also expected to leave.
That leaves Keiron Cunningham with just one halfback on his books for next season in Theo Fages, so there’s little doubting that Saints are in the market.
Matty Smith is one name that has consistently been brought up, however, the club could well make a play for Kelly to provide them with something a little bit different in 2017.
Since the hooter sounded, confirming promotion back to Super League for the Centurions, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding their recruitment for next season.
Atelea Vea has already been linked with a move to the club for next season by League Express, while Derek Beaumont has told the media that they have made four signings for next year.
While it’s unlikely that an agreement has been reached at this stage, Leigh are thought to be on the lookout for another halfback to replace the outgoing Travis Burns, who has been on loan at the club from St Helens. With the club’s ambitions sky-high, they might be confident of snapping up Kelly for next season.