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2018 Player Review – Jayden Brailey

It's easy to forget that Jayden Brailey is only 22 years old. In just his second season in the top grade Brailey has certainly established himself as one of the premier young hookers in the game.

Jayden's development since he came into first grade has been first class. Coming off of an outstanding rookie season, Brailey took his game up a notch in 2018 to cement his spot in the number 9 jersey.

Adding a few things to his game during the offseason, focusing on his kicking and running game out of dummy half, Brailey was rewarded with big minutes across the opening rounds.

Towards the backend of the season Jayden was full of confidence and attacking flair, but never strayed too far from the crisp service, structure and brick wall defence that Sharks' fans have come to know and love.

There's no doubt young 'Brailz' will have a long and successful career at the Sharks and in the NRL.

 

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Photo of the Year

A reward for working on his running game in the offseason.

Taken back in Round 22 when Brailey spotted some lazy defenders at marker in the very early stages of the Sharks v Melbourne clash. 'Brailz' scooped up the ball to sneak his way through the middle before putting his head down in a determined run to beat Finucane, Smith and Slater with sheer strength for the try!

2019 - What's ahead

Brailey will be back to do it all again next season, set to remain in Sharks colours until at least the end of the 2020 season.