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Brailey relishing leadership role

He may be less than 15 games into his Knights career, but Jayden Brailey has already proven himself to be one of the Club's true leaders.

The crafty No.9 has been close to the Knights' best in every game since returning from the cruel ACL injury which rubbed him out of the entire 2020 campaign.

It's been a massive season already for Brailey, who was handed the co-captaincy alongside Daniel Saifiti at the Club's Season Launch back in March.

It's a role he has been relishing.

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"I've really enjoyed it (the captaincy)," Brailey told Triple M's Sunday Sin Bin.

"I'm still learning along the way, I'm still only really young.

"For me, it's something I don't take lightly. Every week it's a massive honour to run the boys out."

Brailey's time in the captaincy office couldn't have gotten off to a better start, leading his team to two impressive victories at the start of the year.

However, fortunes soon turned as losses to the Titans, Dragons and this week's Magic Round opponents the Tigers took their toll on the team.

"The way the season's been, I've dealt with a fair bit of a roller coaster from week to week," he said.

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"The week that's just gone was a really big test for me.

"I think it's easy to lead when things are going well and everything's rosy, but I feel like when your team's struggling a bit and we're down in the dumps, I felt like I needed to stand up on the weekend and at the game as well."

And stand up he has.

Not only has Brailey been one of the Knights' most consistent performers, he has also done it while making the most tackles of any player in the NRL.

That included a massive haul of 51 against Canberra, which ended with Brailey crossing for the match-sealing try.

While he may take credit for the four pointer, one thing he refused to take credit for was the idea of the short kick-off which turned the match after half-time.

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"I was pretty happy to see that come off," Brailey said.

"It was nothing we planned during the week or looked at on video.

"We saw their formation at the kick off and saw that bit of space there, so KP worked his magic and got our second half to a positive start." 

LISTEN TO JAYDEN BRAILEY'S FULL INTERVIEW WITH TRIPLE M'S SUNDAY SIN BIN BY CLICKING HERE.