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2024 NRL depth analysis: Hookers

In the sixth and final part of our 2024 NRL depth analysis, dives into the dummy-half stocks at coach Craig Fitzgibbon's disposal.

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Blayke Brailey

The reigning Sharks Player of the Year, Brailey is a model of consistency. The 25-year-old rake hasn't missed a game since 2020 and was rewarded with a call-up to the NSW training squad last year. His leadership credentials could come to the fore in 2024.

Jayden Berrell

Yet to make his NRL debut on account of being stuck behind the ever reliable and durable Brailey, Berrell is knocking on the door of first grade. The 28-year-old was crowned the Queensland Cup Player of the Year in 2021 while representing Wynnum-Manly, then took out Newtown's best-and-fairest honours last season.

Cameron McInnes

It's easy to forget given he's fashioned himself into a kamikaze-style lock in recent seasons, but McInnes made his name in the NRL as a hard-working hooker who was once touted among the contenders for the NSW No.9 jersey. While his niche is now as a courageous running forward, he has the skillset to slot back into dummy-half if required.

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