Brian Kelly is the reigning Paul Broughton Medalist as the Gold Coast Titans player of the year and in season 2021 he will no longer be the 'underrated.'
Arguably in the top two centres across all three Queensland teams Kelly had a slow start to 2020 but finished a reflection of the form the entire Titans team in the final weeks of the season to claim his first major award at the club.
After starting his career at the Titans and a stint at the Manly Sea Eagles, the Ballina boy has found a home on the Gold Coast.
"I played a couple of years of junior rugby league up here in the Gold Coast Titans under 20's system and then I got the call to go down (to the Manly Sea Eagles).
"It was around when (Steve) Matai and Jamie Lyon finished up.
"I slotted in there for two years and I enjoyed my experience at Brooky.
"I got the opportunity to come back to the Gold Coast and I'm signed up here for a couple more years."
He and Titans debutant, Patrick Herbert will have their work cut out for them this weekend as they take on Peta Hiku and Warriors new recruit Euan Aitken.
A more settled and mature Kelly will be looking to take his game to the next level this season and that can only mean good things for Titans fans.
Brian Kelly's 2020 Season by the Numbers..
- Games: 16
- Tries: 6
- Linebreaks: 7
- Running Metres: 2,035
- Fantasy Points: 553
The Titans take on the New Zealand Warriors in Round 1 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday at 2pm (AEST). Watch live on Fox League and Kayo.