THE Sea Eagles secured the services of brilliant young Titans centre Brian Kelly.
Tipped to be the next Dylan Walker Manly beat the Titans and a number of other clubs for his signature for the next two seasons.
Sea Eagles Head of Football Bob Fulton spotted 20-year-old Kelly last season when looking at another Gold Coast youngster, Jed Cartwright – son of Manly Assistant Coach John Cartwright.
Ironically John Cartwright was the foundation coach of the Titans, but was none-the-less excited to be securing Kelly’s signature.
“Brian is a really powerful, fast kid, who can play full-back, wing, and centre. He has a similar build to Dylan Walker,’’ said John Cartwright.
“Everyone up north has a huge opinion of him. It was always a case of thinking not if, but when, he will play NRL.”
Kelly was a part of the Titans 2016 Auckland Nines squad that reached the semi-finals.
The gifted youngster scored 11 tries in 15 matches for the Titans in the NYC last season.
The Ballina Seagulls junior scored four tries for NSW in the U20s State of Origin win over Queensland in 2015 – a feat never achieved before in this age group.