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Hull FC sign half-back Albert Kelly from city rivals

Hull FC have signed half-back Albert Kelly on a one-year deal from arch-rivals Hull Kingston Rovers.

Albert Kelly in action for Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old playmaker has been one of the shining lights in a difficult couple of seasons for the Robins, including a number of stand-out derby displays against the Airlie Birds since arriving from the NRL.

In 2015 he was named Hull KR’s Player of the Year as well as finishing the season as their top try scorer.

Kelly will join his new team mates for pre-season training tomorrow morning.

Kelly is one of four new signings for 2017, including Josh Griffin, Jake Connor and youngster Nick Rawsthorne.

“It’s very exciting and they’ve got some star players in there: Danny Houghton, Man of Steel, played tremendous all year round. There’s Sneydy, Jamie Shaul, there’s plenty of players across the field that I will look forward to playing alongside."

– Albert Kelly

“I'm over the moon to secure a player of Albert’s quality. Recruitment is very much about timing and we feel the timing is right for both us as a club and Albert as an individual. He is at a great age for a developing half back with his peak years in front of him and it is our job as a club and coaching staff to put everything in place for that to happen.”

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach