Cronulla Sharks’ Brailey brothers accept split is inevitable


“I’m 22 and he’s 20 and we’re both establishing ourselves in the game. There’s plenty of time up our sleeves. Whether it’s next year or the year after I’m not too sure when it’s going to be, but at some stage we’re going to have to split obviously.

“We both want to be starting No.9s and at the top of our game – and to do that we can’t be in each other’s shadow. It’s hard.

We spoke about it as a family a couple of times and everyone says one of us has to go – and it’s true

Jayden Brailey

“The club at some stage this year might put together a bit of a plan for both of us. They’ve got our best interests at heart. We’ve been here since we were young boys. They care about us and we love the club. Neither of us want to leave, but it’s just the fact where we are.

“It might happen in a few years time, but at the moment we’re loving playing together.”

Blayke and highly touted Dragons hooker Reece Robson, stuck behind Cameron McInnes in St George Illawarra’s pecking order, loom as two of the hottest young talents unsigned beyond this season.

Jayden remains contracted to the Sharks until the end of 2020.

Brothers in arms… for now: Blayke and Jayden Brailey.Credit:John Veage

Blayke churned out 55 minutes for the Sharks in last weekend’s win over the Titans after Jayden was taken from the field for a HIA, a concussion he described as the first serious one of his career.

“Of course it’s a bit of a worry, but it’s a contact sport and it’s part and parcel of the game,” Jayden said. “Myself being a bit smaller, I’m in the impact zone a little bit more [and perhaps more susceptible]. But in saying that I don’t take a backward step and I’m not scared of it at all. I know the protocols we have to go through as well.

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“I wanted to be safe rather than sorry and you can’t muck around with these head knocks.”

The Sharks will travel to Townsville on Friday to take on the Cowboys with Jayden cleared to take his place.

It comes after the club announced it expects to this year donate up to $60,000 to an equipment fund for the district’s junior rugby league clubs, pledging $1 from every casual home game ticket sold.

The Sharks signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Cronulla Sutherland District Junior Rugby League and would have donated $3500 to each of the 14 clubs based on last year’s attendances.

“It’s good knowing that I’ve grown up in the Shire and playing for one of the junior clubs and it’s a great initiative,” said Brailey, an Aquinas Colts junior. “If we keep packing out [Shark Park] it will help the clubs even more.”

Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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