One of the NRL’s most gifted young players has sadly blown a promising career at the Cronulla Sharks.
Albert Kelly was good enough four years ago to play halfback for the Australian schoolboys and NSW Under 18s.
He was snapped up, firstly by the Parramatta Eels and then Ricky Stuart at Cronulla, with a reputation as rugby league’s next big thing.
The cousin of superstar Greg Inglis was so highly regarded that Melbourne Storm, the Wests Tigers, the Bulldogs and the Gold Coast also wanted him.
Now he is unemployed and fighting to save his career with another club.
A disappointed Sharks chairman Damian Irvine on Tuesday night said: “Albert’s played his last game for the club.”