The Sharks have confirmed the signing of young playmaker Braydon Trindall ahead of the 2021 season.
A member of the Premiership-winning Sharks Jersey Flegg side of 2018, where he was man-of-the-match in the Grand Final victory over the Panthers, and a player integral to the Newtown Jets dual title success in 2019, Trindall has re-signed for 2021 after making his NRL debut last year.
Still just 21 years of age, Trindall made an impression with a strong first-up performance in the NRL in 2020, playing a leading role in a round 13 win over the Broncos. He went on to play five top grade games for the Sharks during the 2020 season.
Born in Wee Waa in northern NSW before moving to the Sunshine Coast where he played his junior football for the Caboolture Snakes, Trindall represented Queensland Under-20’s in 2019.
Trindall has signed a one-year extension and will again be a member of the Sharks top-30 NRL squad.
Sharks Head Coach John Morris had no doubt Trindall could build on what he produced in 2020 to put himself in the frame for more NRL game time in 2021.
“It’s great news for the club we’ve been able to retain Braydon, who is another player that has come through our elite pathways into our NRL squad,” Morris said.
“Braydon showed with his performances last year he definitely has the potential and didn’t look out place in the NRL.
“He’s a natural half who can also play hooker, possesses a strong kicking game and is good goal kicker. With another solid pre-season under his belt, I’m sure he will push for selection in the NRL team in 2021,” Morris added.
As for Trindall, who joined teammates for the start of pre-season training last week, he too looks to further his development ahead of the kick-off to the new season.
“I’m very happy to be back,” Trindall said. “It was great to get a taste of the NRL last year, but I’m keen to have a big off-season, to have a crack and to try put myself in a position to play a lot more first grade next year.”
With his re-signing Trindall becomes the 28th player on the Sharks top 30 roster, leaving two places to fill for 2021.
The Sharks also have one Development Player spot still available having last week confirmed Luke Metcalf as the fifth of six players on that list.
Pre-season training continues, with the Sharks into their second week and with more of the senior playing group set to return tomorrow (Wednesday).