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Dylan Walker has every confidence that young centre Brian Kelly will bounce back to the form that earned him a Country Origin jersey this year.

Kelly returns to the Sea Eagles team to replace the injured Brad Parker for the clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium this Sunday.

It will be the first game back in the NRL for Kelly after Manly Coach Trent Barrett decided to pull him out of the round 22 win over the Sydney Roosters.

Barrett wanted Kelly to work on a few things in his game in what is his first season in the NRL.

Kelly scored a try and had a strong game last Sunday for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in their 46-12 win over Wests Tigers in the Intrust Super Premiership.

Walker was full of praise for the 21-year-old Kelly.

"It is pretty massive for a first year kid coming in and debuting first round, and playing 20 odd games,'' Walker said today.

"He probably needed a bit of a rest. Just to relax. He is a classy player and has all the skills in the world.

"Brian is a cruisy sort of kid. He is real laid back and nothing really fazes him. He is just a kid who wants to learn and I have tried to give him as much knowledge as I can.

"He trains hard, loves his footy, and that's all you can ask for from a young kid.

"He is grateful for every opportunity he has had."

Sea Eagles captain and half-back Daly Cherry-Evans praised Kelly for his professionalism.

"He came to training with a smile on his face every morning. He put in the extra work that the coaches thought he needed to fix up,'' Cherry-Evans said.

"You can't fault someone who is 21years of age and has had a bit of adversity. He has bounced back so well.

"It is unfortunate for Brad but it is great to see Brian rewarded so quickly on the back off his hard work."

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