THE Gold Coast Titans have released stars Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair to the UK Super League where they’ll play together as halves for Hull KR.
The two players, who had a year remaining on their Titans contracts, have signed two-year deals with the English club to replace Australian halves of 2014 who were recently released, Travis Burns and Kris Keating.
Kelly, 23, played 10 matches for the Titans in 2014 and Blair, who turned 30 on Thursday, 15 games.
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Titans head coach Neil Henry wished both players great success in the Super League arena.
“They were given a rare opportunity to play together as halves by Hull KR who were looking to fill their halfback and five-eighth positions and they get the security of two-year deals,” Henry said.
“We feel we have good depth in the halves here so we agreed to allow Albert to take this opportunity in the Super League, and at 30 Maurice has the chance to extend his career which we are also happy to accommodate. We wish them both great success over there.
“It also gives us more flexibility in our salary cap management and provides the opportunity to go into the market should suitable players become available.”
Kelly’s agent Warrick Wright said the pair were grateful for the opportunity to play together as starting halves and the chance to taste English Super League together.
“Albert is excited about testing himself in Super League for two seasons while still young enough to return to the NRL, and also get a chance to play alongside ‘Bobby’ in the halves and share a great experience together before Maurice ends his career,” Wright said.
“We’re thankful for the Titans to allow them the opportunity and hopefully it will be exciting new start for them.”