Gold Coast five-eighth Aidan Sezer was targeted by Souths superstar Greg Inglis before Sunday’s so-called Rumble at the Reef in Cairns, as the man the premiership leaders needed to zero in on.
Sezer, a Canterbury junior who played for the East Hills Bulldogs, has formed a strong halves combination with Inglis’ cousin Albert Kelly. While Kelly’s return from NRL purgatory after being cut last season by Cronulla and then Newcastle’s NSW Cup team for disciplinary breaches has been well documented, Inglis took time out to acknowledge the threat Sezer posed.
”It’s good to see ‘Albie’ there, but I want to give a quick mention to you about Sezer,” said Inglis. ”He’s a young kid but he looks like he has a 30-year-old head on him … and I don’t mean by the way he looks. It’s the way he thinks and the way he slows the game down. The Gold Coast has strike power right across [the field] and [Sezer] is playing well and so is Albert Kelly. We have to be on our high alerts and go out there and hopefully get the job done in front of a packed stadium.”
Kelly, who starred for the Australian Schoolboys and Parramatta National Youth Competition side before being recruited – and then cut – by Cronulla after a series of problems, has sparked the Titans back line this year.
Inglis said he was ecstatic to see the little cousin, who lived across the road from him at Bowraville on the NSW north coast, fulfil his potential.
”He’s a great little talent, and he always has been,” said Inglis. ”He’s obviously hit his straps at the right time and we have to go up [to Cairns] with alerts around us. He’s a game-breaker.”
Inglis viewed Albie’s story as one that emphasised why the NRL’s top-graders needed to follow strict demands.
”I think he always knew he had great talent, I think it was just the disciplinary things away from footy,” Inglis said. ”You can see anyone with talent on the field, it’s the way they go about their business off the field. It’s great to see him shining now.”
The Rabbitoh pitted directly against Sezer, Adam Reynolds, said the halves have been scrutinised in the game’s build-up.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.