Broncos name Kelly as Milford dumped again

Albert Kelly is set for an NRL comeback after seven years when Brisbane play the Sydney Roosters.
Albert Kelly is set for an NRL comeback after seven years when Brisbane play the Sydney Roosters.

Another week, another Brisbane NRL halves pairing.

After being belted 50-6 by Manly during last weekend's Magic Round, five-eighth Anthony Milford has been dumped for the second time this season by Broncos coach Kevin Walters.

Ex-Gold Coast playmaker Albert Kelly, who hasn't played in the NRL since 2014, has been named in the No.6 jersey against Sydney Roosters on Saturday.

The 30-year-old trained alongside Tyson Gamble in the halves at Red Hill on Tuesday as he prepares to make a return to the NRL after seven seasons.

The Kelly-Gamble pairing will be Brisbane's fifth different halves combination in 11 games this season as Milford, Brodie Croft and Tom Dearden have all been churned through.

Since leaving the Titans in 2014, Kelly has spent six seasons playing in England and joined the Broncos on a train-and-trial deal in the off-season.

"He brings a wealth of experience," Broncos captain Jake Turpin said of Kelly.

"He's setting the house on fire in Q-Cup so if Albie comes into the team, we've got full confidence that he'll do the job."

Veteran Origin winger Corey Oates has also been dropped to reserve grade with another former Titan, David Mead, slotting onto the edge.

Desperate to stir up some form, Walters has named Kobe Hetherington, the son of former Queensland hooker Jason Hetherington, on the bench in place of Danny Levi.

"I'm really excited for him, he's one of my really good mates and he's one of those players that you know if he's next to you, he's not going to let you down," Turpin said of Hetherington.

"He's tough as nails ... puts everything on the line, each and every run and each and every tackle."

Meanwhile, Keenan Palasia will play his first NRL game since 2019, named to start in the second row in place of suspended backrower Jordan Riki.

Elsewhere, South Sydney will bounce into their blockbuster clash with Penrith in Dubbo with Latrell Mitchell set to return after a four-week suspension.

His addition to the backline will move Cody Walker back into the halves alongside Adam Reynolds for Sunday's anticipated match.

"Latrell is that type of player that gives your team so much confidence when he comes back into the side, and he's a winner," said Rabbitohs forward Jai Arrow.

"He continually turns up wanting to win at training, wanting to win in the games.

"He's always got a chip on his shoulder Latrell, he always wants to prove people wrong so it's exciting when he's like that.

"He's a big boy, he's powerful, he's skilful and he's that once in a generation player."

Meanwhile, Manly have named Cade Cust in place of the injured Kieran Foran in the halves to face Parramatta, opting to keep rising star Josh Schuster in the second row.

Australian Associated Press