INJURED Hull KR captain Terry Campese acknowledges having half-back Albert Kelly fit for tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final is a significant plus for their Wembley hopes.
He was rested during last week’s 52-12 defeat at St Helens due to a niggling knee problem, but is named in the 19-man squad for the Headingley showdown with Warrington Wolves.
Dynamic Kelly had formed a fine partnership with fellow Australian Campese since both arrived from the NRL last winter, but has taken on extra responsibilities since the latter was ruled out for the year due to a knee reconstruction in June.
“Alby’s a class player who can literally create something from nothing,” he said.
“He’s probably scored the majority of our points over the last month and has been a shining light for us so it’s definitely a bonus having him back.
“Hopefully, the boys can now lift around him and make his job a lot easier.
“Obviously it’s not been the best of months (four straight losses), but Wembley’s now in our sights and that’s a massive pot at the end of the rainbow if we can beat Warrington.”
Kelly shone when Hull KR vanquished Wolves 36-10 last month, but they have struggled since.
Campese, 30, admits there is little he can do to help during his own rehabilitation and added: “They are experienced enough and almost everyone’s back now.
“There’s only me and Mitch (Allgood) out injured so it’s more about showing your face and trying to keep the boys upbeat.”