Cronulla Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey admits Sydney Roosters offer tempting


“Obviously you have Cooper Cronk there, you have Latrell Mitchell, you have Keary. There are a lot of high-profile players there so it was tempting. Same here – we have Shaun Johnson, [Andrew] Fifita, Matt Moylan. It was a hard, but easy decision for me to stay.

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“Like I said I always wanted to stay at Cronulla. I didn’t want to go anywhere else, I live two minutes down the road.”

Jayden is under contract at the Sharks until the end of 2020 and has traded time as the Sharks’ No.9 with Blayke through the opening six rounds of the season.

The pair have spoken regularly of their desire to play with each other as long as possible, but are also realistic it won’t continue forever essentially fighting for the one spot.

“He just said, ‘worry about yourself, do what is best for me’,” Blayke said of Jayden’s advice. “We’re both supportive of each other. I asked for his advice through everything.

“I took all [the offers] very seriously. I have always wanted to stay at Cronulla. It was exciting for me just seeing that attention, but I didn’t want to get too over my head and worry about it too much.”

Brailey was sporting six stitches in his bottom lip on Wednesday after copping a stray boot from Panthers prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard in Cronulla’s 11th-hour escape last week. They will travel north to take on the struggling Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

“When we’re on our game we are very hard to stop,” Brailey said. “That confidence, playing ad lib and a bit of structure, we are a really dangerous side I feel. When we are on our game and we use the footy, no team can really stop it.”



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