Cronulla Sharks secure Blayke Brailey’s signature


But the Herald understands Blayke has re-signed with the Sharks for the next three years, ending that speculation.

It’s understood the 20-year-old was approached by the Bulldogs and Tigers.

The Bulldogs are in desperate need of some talent in the hooker department, while the Tigers are searching for a replacement for Robbie Farah.

Farah, meanwhile, has indicated 2019 will be his final season in the NRL.

News Brailey has re-signed will serve as a pleasant surprise for Sharks fans.

It may come as a pleasant surprise to Jayden as well, who admitted the family had discussed the day when one of the two brothers would have to leave the Shire.

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“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,” Jayden said in March.

“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.”

The pair will be playing together for at least the next 18 months.

With Blayke’s future now secured, rival clubs will turn their attention to Jayden.

He is off contract at the end of 2020.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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