High profile brothers join Dirrawongs for 2015 NRRRL season

TWO sets of brothers that played in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final last year for Ballina and Byron Bay are set to join Northern United this season.

According to the NRRRL website Brett and Clarence Kelly applied for a clearance from Ballina to play for United on Wednesday.

The pair are coming off consecutive premierships with the Seagulls.

Brett was a standout last year, representing the second tier NSW Country side that played the Queensland Rangers in July.

UNITED THEY STAND: Brett Kelly in the NRRRL grand final last year. Kelly and his older brother Clarence will join Northern United this season.
UNITED THEY STAND: Brett Kelly in the NRRRL grand final last year. Kelly and his older brother Clarence will join Northern United this season. Nolan Verheij-Full

Clarence represented NSW Country in 2009 and is still one of the best centres in the competition.

Bill and Chris King will also leave Byron Bay to play in Lismore with United.

Bill King was the competition's top try-scorer last year while Chris is one of the better goal kickers in the NRRRL and can play anywhere in the outside backs.

There could be four King brothers on the field at once this season with Charles and Noel King also coming back from Byron.

Both played mostly reserve grade last season but have played plenty of first grade in the past.

United have lost Latrell Hampton to Group 4 while centre Luke Simpson has moved to Sydney.

Meanwhile, Ballina will have a few positions to fill by the time they run out this year.

Winger Liam Anderson and second-rower Alwyn Roberts were both granted a release from the Seagulls to play with the Evans Head Bombers.

Ballina has also lost two of its best with Andrew Battese and Robby Miles to play on the Gold Coast this year.

Miles won the NRRRL Player of the Year award last season after Battese won it in 2012.

Battese is with Runaway Bay while Miles has joined the Burleigh Bears.

Byron Bay will also feel the pinch with Jason Hackett and Hemi Mullen leaving.

Elsewhere, Murwillumbah look set to boost their front-row stocks with Scott Lavelle from Kyogle.

Mullumbimby lock Grant Cook is also waiting on a clearance to be approved so he can join the Mustangs.

The NRRRL season kicks off in April.

Topics:  dirrawongs northern united

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