Luke Kelly (rugby league)
|Born||13 October 1989|
Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (13 st 8 lb)|
Luke Kelly (born 13 October 1989 in Katherine, Northern Territory) is a retired Australian rugby league footballer who most recently played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League. Kelly plays either five eighth or halfback.
After starting out at the Katherine Bushrangers in the Northern Territory Rugby League competition, Kelly then moved to boarding school in Sydney, where he starred as a playmaker at fame league nursery, St Gregory's College, Campbelltown. Kelly was discovered by Storm scouts at a NSWCCC tournament and, after one year with the Western Suburbs Magpies SG Ball side, moved to Melbourne to play in the National Youth Competition. Cousins with rising star winger Joel Dempsey who is currently playing years beyond his age. At only the age of 16 the young winger is a prospect Will Chambers has earmarked as the next Josh Addo Carr.
Kelly was the captain of the Melbourne Storm National Youth Competition winning team in 2009. He was the man of the match in final win over the Wests Tigers. He made his NRL debut against the Parramatta Eels in 2009 in round 17 of the 2009 NRL season.
Kelly played in four NRL games in 2010, three of these came in succession at the back-end of the season.
On 16 May 2015, Kelly played his first game of the season against The New Zealand Warriors. Kelly missed all 3 conversions including one right next to the uprights. With New Zealand leading by one point with 3 minutes to go Kelly kicked a field goal to make it 13-13. Parramatta lost the game in golden point 17-13.
On 3 March 2017, Kelly made his debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Wests Tigers in the first round of the NRL season. On 5 August 2017, Kelly scored an individual solo try in North Sydney's victory over Wests Tigers 42-10. On 1 September, Kelly was recalled to The Souths side to replace the injured Adam Reynolds in the final game of the regular season against his former club Parramatta. At the end of the season it was announced on the official South Sydney website that Kelly was one of the players whose contract would not be renewed for next year and would be leaving the club.
On 29 January 2018, Kelly announced that he had retired from Rugby League as a player and moved into a role behind the scenes as a player well-being manager at Souths.
- NRL Stats[permanent dead link]
- Kossatch, Nick (14 February 2015). "Katherine product shows class in red centre". NT News. Retrieved 15 April 2015.