NRL: Brailey pens new Sharks deal

02 December 2021 10:36:42 CET

Cronulla Sharks have secured the future of Blayke Brailey, who has penned a long-term contract extension with the club.

The Sharks are priced at 17/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and are excited to announce that Brailey is locked in for the foreseeable future.

Long-term deal

The 23-year-old was under contract for 2022 but there was some strong interest from rival NRL clubs, who were keen to lure him away from 2023.

Brailey has put an end to all the rumours and has now put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal that will take him through until the end of the 2026 NRL season at least.

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Brailey came through the academy ranks at Cronulla and has gone on to make 59 NRL appearances for the Sharks.

He played in all 24 matches of the 2021 campaign and never had any thoughts of playing his footy anywhere else other than Cronulla.

"It's the place I grew up, I was a local junior, I obviously wanted to stay here, so I'm excited to be a part of the future,"

Brailey said after the deal was announced. "This was my first choice, I really wanted to stay, so I'm grateful to get it done."

Fitzgibbon excitement

The Sharks head into a new era under the leadership of new coach Craig Fitzgibbon and Brailey is excited by what the future holds.

"He (Fitzgibbon) was good about the whole situation and a reason why I wanted to stay. The first two weeks have been great, he's a really knowledgeable coach and I’m excited to be working under him," Brailey added.

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