Manly Sea Eagles have pulled off a major coup with the signing of brilliant young Gold Coast Titans centre Brian Kelly.

The Sea Eagles fended off several NRL clubs and the Titans for his signature for 2018-19 and see him as a guilt edge investment for the future.

Sea Eagles Head of Football Bob Fulton spotted 20-year-old Kelly last season when looking at another Gold Coast youngster, Jed Cartwright – son of Manly Assistant Coach John Cartwright.

John Cartwright, the foundation coach of the Titans, said securing Kelly’s signature was massive for the Sea Eagles.

“Brian is a really powerful, fast kid, who can play full-back, wing, and centre. He has a similar build to Dylan Walker,’’ John said.

“Everyone up north has a huge opinion of him. It was never a case of thinking not if, but when, he will play NRL.”

Manly Sea Eagles 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Cameron Cullen (Gold Coast Titans, 2017), Manase Fainu (2021), Blake Green (Melbourne Storm, 2020), Jackson Hastings (Sydney Roosters, 2021), Brian Kelly (Gold Coast Titans, 2021), Jarrad Kennedy (Canberra Raiders, 2017), Shaun Lane (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2020), Joey Lussick (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Jesse Martin (2018), Taniela Paseka (2021), Lloyd Perrett (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Curtis Sironen (Wests Tigers, 2021), Kelepi Tanginoa (Parramatta Eels, 2021), Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights, 2021), Jonathan Wright (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Matthew Wright (Mid Season: North Queensland Cowboys, 2018)
2017 Losses
Rhys Armstrong (released), Jamie Buhrer (Newcastle Knights), Luke Burgess (Catalan Dragons), Fabian Goodall (rugby union), Nathan Green (released), Nicho Hynes (released), Isaac John (released), Dylan Kelly (released), Liam Knight (Canberra Raiders), Halauafu Lavaka (released), Blake Leary (North Queensland Cowboys), Jamie Lyon (retired), Feleti Mateo (retired), Tim Moltzen (retired), Nate Myles (Melbourne Storm), Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos), Hugh Pratt (released), Tony Satini (Penrith Panthers), Josh Starling (Newcastle Knights), Tom Symonds (Huddersfield Giants), Siosaia Vave (Parramatta Eels), Brayden Wiliame (Catalan Dragons)
Re-Signed
Addin Fonua-Blake (2022), Martin Taupau (2020), Jake Trbojevic (2020), Tom Trbojevic (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Jade Anderson, Lachlan Croker, Cade Cust, Tevita Funa, Jack Gosiewski, Trent Hodkinson, Brad Parker, Lloyd Perrett, Toafofoa Sipley, Joel Thompson, Dylan Walker

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