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Kingscliff refresher has Kelly ready for season

Brian Kelly says the squad is "physically and mentally" refreshed after a pre-season camp in Kingscliff, with the focus now turning to trial games which are fast approaching.

The Titans will play Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park on Friday 19th February, before heading to Lismore's Oakes Oval for the only NRL pre-season clash before round one where they will host the New Zealand Warriors.


The reigning Paul Broughton medallist says the camp was a good chance for the players to re-group after the rigours of pre-season.

"We sat down and had some good yarns with one another through the nights and we got away from our phones and bonded really well," Kelly said.

"It was probably more of a team bonding session with the new boys and showing them what we are trying to build here.

"Hopefully we can start of the year well and hopefully the new boys are enjoying it and we can rip in.

Originally from Ballina, the Northern Rivers product says he's keen to get back to the region for the trial game in Lismore, with Kelly used as the face to promote the game.

"I went down to home on the weekend and it was funny, I was sitting a mum's house and the little ad of the game played and my big head was popping up screaming at the TV," he laughed.

"My little nieces and nephews were yelling out my name saying he's on TV.

"To have an NRL pre-season game in Lismore which is pretty much the local to Ballina it is exciting.

"I've definitely got a fair few ticket requests, and I'm booked out," he joked.

The 24-year-old says the Warriors will provide a good test, with the two teams to matchup again in round one.

"Trials are where you get a good gauge on how your body is feeling and how you've pulled up from pre-season," he said.

"I'll go out there and rip in with the boys and show them where I'm from."