Jayden Brailey had big shoes to fill when he came into the Shark squad at the start of the 2017 season.

The previous October, the Sharks had claimed their first premiership, with veteran hooker Michael Ennis playing a pivotal role in the victory.

Brailey watched on from high up in the ANZ Stadium stands as an interested onlooker. Ennis retired, the number nine jersey was there for the taking and a young local product stepped up to the mark, with Brailey's fitness, work ethic and considerable skills, as well as his willingness to learn, earning him the nod at the start of the new season.

Two years later and the rest is history, Brailey now entrenched as Sharks hooker and a vital member of the Cronulla team.

Possessing a game characterised by sharp service out of dummy half, outstanding defence and ever-improving attacking ability, the sky is now the limit, with Brailey's potential recently acknowledged by NSW coach Brad Fittler with his inclusion in the NSW Emerging Blues squad.

While presently the club's number one option at hooker, his biggest competition for the spot in the New Year could well come from younger brother Blayke, like Jayden a former Australian schoolboys rep and a player with similar skills and characteristics.

Where the both fit in the Sharks plans for 2019 remains to be seen, so let the battle between the Brailey's begin.

And it may have already started in Sharks Media's 'under the surface' series. Blayke already had his shot, laying down the challenge to his brother, now Jayden responds.

See what he has to say and learn a little bit more about the young Sharks star, as we go 'under the surface' with Jayden Brailey.

Jayden Brailey

Born – April 9, 1996, Sydney

Position – Hooker

Height – 180cm

Weight – 90kgs

NRL games – 45