A New Zealander who arrived at the Sharks via Townsville and the North Queensland Cowboys, Braden Uele's opportunities in the top grade were limited due to injury, form and the experienced players ahead of him.
Starring for the Jets in the Intrust Super Premiership, Uele was elevated in the NRL team in round 10, playing strongly in a win over the Raiders in Canberra, but unfortunately for the former Cowboy, that would be his only NRL appearance.
Continuing his good form in the lower grade, Uele was a chance of more game time in the NRL team, until a knee injury curtailed the back end of his season.
He did manage to return to the Newtown line up for their final two games, but it was largely a frustrating second half of the year for the 115kg, Kiwi-born prop.
He has size and skill, now the challenge will be to take his game to the next level and to push his claims for a regular berth in the Sharks team in 2019.
Photo of the Year
A proud moment for two of our younger stars, with Braden making his Club debut and Jack making his NRL debut on the same night.
2019 – What's next
The Sharks pre-season campaign will be an important one for Braden Uele who will be keen to impress, to put his name forward and to lock down a regular spot in the NRL side in 2019.