The nib Newcastle Knights have signed Jayden Brailey on a three-year-deal.
After being granted a release from the final year of his deal with Cronulla, the talented hooker will join the Knights in 2020.
Boasting similar traits to that of Club legend Danny Buderus, the Knights are excited to welcome a player of Brailey’s calibre to their roster.
“We are pleased to confirm the signing of Jayden Brailey,” Knights CEO, Mr Philip Gardner said.
“Not only is he a very promising player who features prominently in our long-term plans but he is joining the Knights because he wants to be part of our future success.”
At the age of 23, the hooker already has over 60 top-flight games to his name.
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According to coach Nathan Brown, Brailey possesses the traits required to make it as a quality No.9.
“He’s an 80-minute hooker and a team player, who has a great understanding of the game,” Brown said.
Brailey was awarded the 2016 Holden Cup Player of the Year before making his NRL debut the following season.
The heir to Michael Ennis’ Sharks jersey, the former Australian Schoolboy is highly regarded by some of the game’s greatest minds and is sure to thrive playing alongside the likes of experienced players such as Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and David Klemmer.
Elite Pathways recruitment manager, Alex McKinnon said; “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jayden on a personal level and have always found him to be a wonderful young man.
“I see Jayden as an emerging leader, not only at the Knights but in the wider game. He is a person with incredible character and it’s very important to have those kind of quality people within your organisation.
“We’re excited to see his game develop alongside some very experienced players and believe his best football is yet to be realised.”
A member of the NSW Emerging Origin squad, Brailey is signed until at least the end of 2022.