Glenn Brailey, Sharks Academy and Talent Identification Manager, coach of the Cronulla Women’s team and father or NRL squad members Jayden and Blayke, has been appointed Head Coach of Fetu Samoa, the Samoan Women’s national team
With many years of coaching experience in the Sharks system and boasting an impressive junior league coaching resume prior to that, Brailey will be in charge of the Samoan girls for their upcoming match against the Kiwi Ferns.
Rugby League Samoa President, Tagaloa Faafouina Sua confirmed Brailey’s appointment, which came following a thorough recruitment process.
"Brailey has an outstanding track record of coaching throughout his tenure at the Sharks, has developed some of the best young talent in New South Wales and plays an exciting, progressive style of rugby league that fits Samoa perfectly,” Tagaloa said.
“Glenn’s standards and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take Samoa forward.”
Taking charge of a squad and country who are passionate about rugby league and progressing the Women’s game, Brailey was excited about the appointment and upcoming game against the Kiwis.
"This passion for success, development and looking to take their game to the next level was really attractive to me as I know they have some great athletes in their squad,” Brailey said.
"My family are extremely proud and supportive of me as they see the time and effort I put into rugby league development. They understand my passion for the game and believe as I do that the Samoan Team is a great fit.
“The Women’s game is growing and changing rapidly and I’m excited about developing this nation into the next stage of their rugby league careers.”
Brailey began at the Sharks almost a decade ago in an Academy role after unprecedented success at a junior league level, his Aquinas Colts team, a side containing son Blayke and NRL half Kyle Flanagan, winning 10 successive titles.
From there he progressed into a junior representative coaching position, guiding the 2015 Sharks Matthews Cup team to state and national titles, before taking on the full time Academy and Talent Identification Manager role.
His appointment with Fetu Samoa comes ahead of their game against the Kiwi Ferns on Saturday, June 22, at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.
The game will be the curtain-raiser to the men’s New Zealand v Tonga mid-year Pacific Test Match.
Caption: Glenn Brailey with Sharks women's team captain Corban McGregor