Hull FC’s Head of High Performance Paul Hatton has concluded Albert Kelly is in the shape of his life ahead of the 2018 Super League campaign.
You’ve probably heard it from all your friends and family who the support the dark side, something along the lines of “He was great for us the first year, but you wait until next year”. A conclusion Hull Kingston Rovers fans typically come to.
Having witnessed Kelly have a sensational 1st campaign at Craven Park, followed by a lacklustre effort in 2016, you can see how Hull fans could be drawing comparisons right now, but Head of High Performance Paul Hatton has revealed that Kelly is more motivated than ever after an outstanding start to life at the Black and Whites.
Albert Kelly has had more than his fair share of criticisms at a number of his previous clubs, including Hull KR, Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks, but is convinced his love affair with Hull isn’t about to end any time soon.
Hatton, in fact, explains that the 26-year-old was one of the first Hull stars in the gym during the off-season and is focused on winning more silverware next year.
Head of High Performance Paul Hatton commented:
“Albert is motivated and wants to win things. He’s happy and when you’re happy at work, he performs well. That’s like any field of work really,”
“He’s trained even harder again this pre-season because his body is in a better place. It’s a mixture of things with that. It’s the mentality and the need to feel wanted but Albert trains really hard as well. I can’t fault him and I had him for a year at Hull KR and he trained really hard with me then.”
“This off-season he had a week and a half off and he was straight back into his plan. And that’s without us pushing him. He was in the gym three or four times a week when everyone else was on holiday.”
Hatton added that he and the coaching staff are pleased with the progress Kelly has made since the staff ‘fixed’ his body up and enabled him to perform to the best of his ability last term.
“One of the reasons I do the job is seeing people progress. It’s not all about winning trophies and medals, it’s also about helping players progress,” Hatton added.
“Albert had a fantastic season just gone. We managed to fix up his body and get rid of some of the injuries he was carrying. I thought he was great.”