The Sharks can confirm that Jayden Brailey has been released from the final year of his contract to take up an opportunity with another NRL club.
Disappointed to lose a player of his ability and of his character, someone who has come through the Sharks junior academy and development system, the Club felt obliged to grant the release out of respect to Brailey and his contribution to the Cronulla club.
“The fact that we recently signed another hooker, extending the contract of his brother Blayke, meant salary cap pressures due to fines levelled against us for previous breeches would have made it almost impossible to offer Jayden a suitable contract going forward,” Sharks General Manager of Football Phil Moss said.
“The fact that he could secure this opportunity elsewhere resulted in us granting his release request for 2020.
“Jayden has been, and for the remainder of this season will continued to be, a valued member of our club and while he will be missed and we are disappointed to see him moving on, we understand his reasons and wish him well,” Moss added.
Having grown up in the local area progressing through the Sharks lower grades, the decision to move on was a difficult one for Brailey who was appreciative of the Club for granting his release request.
“I’m disappointed to be moving on from the Sharks. It’s always been a dream of mine to be playing for my junior club since I was a young kid and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities they have given me,” Brailey said.
“I have so many fond memories, as well as mates here that will last a life time.”
Brailey debuted in the NRL for the Sharks in 2017 and has since gone on to play 62 top grade games for the Cronulla club.