British Amateur Rugby League Association player welcomed into the Moss Vale Dragons

Josh Bartlett - Southern Highland News

THE Moss Vale Dragons have turned to England for inspiration in 2016.

UK import Ethan Kelly has arrived at the Dragons' den and is ready to make an impact in the upcoming Group 6 season.

Kelly, 21, is a front rower who boasts an impressive resume.

In recent years, Kelly represented the English Lions under-18s and played for the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) under-13s.

Kelly played regular football for the Millom Cumbria Rugby League Club in England.

He was recently approached by Moss Vale club president Mick Sutton about the prospect of playing for the Dragons this year.

Kelly was recommended by former Moss Vale footballer Warwick Carter, who played alongside him at Millom Cumbria.

Kelly had never been to Australia, but agreed to terms with the Dragons.

The Englishmen had his first training session on Tuesday.

Kelly said he was keen to "give it a go" in the Group 6 competition.

"I'm looking forward to the season, it's something a bit different," he said.

"It's a higher standard [of play] over here."

Kelly said he had big aspirations for 2016.

"I'm in the front row so hopefully I can offer a bit more go forward.

"I'm settling in well here at the club... I'm enjoying the warmer weather," Kelly said.

"Hopefully we should be somewhere up there with the top teams this year."

Dragons first grade coach Robbie Payne said the club was "very excited to have Ethan on board".

Payne said Kelly was the first UK recruit to the Dragons in recent history.

"Ethan comes with a good record," he said.

"Warwick Carter couldn't speak highly enough of Ethan."

The Moss Vale Dragons senior players have returned to training at Community Oval ahead of the 2016 season.


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