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New recruit Brian Kelly has made the move north and immediately started training with his new teammates, all in preparation for season 2019.

The Ballina-born product started pre-season training as a Sea-Eagle but after the change in coaching structure and the possibility of returning home, Kelly saw an opportunity he simply couldn't let go.

After the departure of Konrad Hurrell, the 22-year-old made contact with his manager and also discussed it with his partner and family, before being able to strike a deal with the Titans to come home.

"I saw the opportunity when Konrad left and after a few discussions I'm here and I'm really looking forward to it," Kelly said.

"I had a chat with my manager, family and girlfriend and here I am."

The Ballina Seagulls junior played NYC for the club, before spending the past two seasons on Sydney's northern beaches, as a Sea-Eagle. If anything, it taught the youngster how to grow up and look after himself.

"It was a good change. I was in Dee Why which is like Burleigh but it was a bit out of my comfort zone.

"I was just by myself for the first part of pre-season. I just focused on all that comes with preparing to be an NRL player.

The move happened quite quickly for Kelly who flew up from Sydney on Sunday, before hitting the training track yesterday.

"I met with Des (Hasler) and had a good yarn with him. I was just honest with him and told him I missed being home and family here and stuff. I really wanted to be closer to them, closer to my nieces and nephews. It was a good change (to be in Sydney) but it's good to be home."

Since his departure two years ago, Kelly can see how far the club has come and can see a bright future.

"I definitely think so (on the club's top eight chances). With the new recruits and the staff, I feel like we've got what it takes."

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.