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The 'Kelly gang' from Ballina will be out in force at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

And sitting in amongst a group of around 20 family members will be the proud 'Nan' of young Sea Eagles centre, Brian Kelly.

"This will be the first time my Nan will watch me play live in the NRL,'' Brian said ahead of the home clash against the Brisbane Broncos.

"It will be a proud moment for my Nan to see her grandson playing in the NRL and wearing an Indigenous themed jersey."

For Kelly, the annual Indigenous round holds importance significance for the 21-year-old

"This is a very special week. To play for Manly and to wear an Indigenous jersey means so much, not just to me, but for my family, and for my 'mob', the Bundjalung tribe,'' Kelly said.


I'm really looking forward to pulling on our Indigenous jersey.

Brian Kelly

"The designer (Jakeob Watson) has done a terrific job.

"I really like the meaning behind the jersey with the white circles representing the clubs we play against, and the paths we travel to and from the towns we go to.

"And then you have the Sea Eagle looking over us all."

As for his own talents when it comes to Aboriginal art, Kelly said he had fond memories of watching his father, Brian (Snr) do some paintings.

"My Dad used to wait until everyone would go to sleep at night. He would pull out his tarp and chuck it on the kitchen table,'' Kelly said.

"He used to do some dot paintings and all of his designs at night. He sold a few to the Byron Bay Lighthouse up near home.

"I dabbled in some paintings when I was little but that was about it."

Sea Eagles supporters attending the match against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium will be able to purchase the Indigenous jersey at the merchandise outlets.

Order the 2018 Indigenous jersey here

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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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