He’s been earmarked as one of the most brightest young prospects coming out of the Dragons in recent years and there is no doubt that Jayden Sullivan has the makings a Rugby League star in the near-future.
The captain of the Illawarra Steelers UNE SG Ball side, who earned a thrilling premiership triumph in 2019, Sullivan oozes class and his skilful ball playing ability it second-to-none.
In just 11 appearances for the Steelers this year, he recorded 10 tries, 13 try-assists, 10 line-breaks and 11 line-break assists, and put in a stunning performance in the Grand Final to ignite a thrilling second-half comeback over the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
He played five games for the Dragons in the Jersey Flegg Cup at five-eighth where he laid on two tries in a promising start to his Under-20s tenure.
He has sinced represented the CABE NSW Under 18’s and recently signed a three-year contract with the Red V which will see him start as a development player in 2020 before moving into the club’s Top 30 for at least the next two seasons thereafter.
Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management Ian Millward gave a glowing appraisal of Sullivan when the young gun was promoted to the first-grade squad.
"This is a great moment for the Dragons with the signing of Jayden, especially when a number of clubs were in for him. He's an exciting prospect and everyone at the club are really keen to see him make the step up," Millward said.
"Jayden has been in the club's plans for a long period of time and we feel he has all the qualities to be a successful NRL player. He's an outstanding attacking player with a great attitude. He has great vision and is a capable goal kicker as well.”
Sullivan headlines a contingent for rising stars for the Dragons and will certainly use 2020 to lay a foundation for a lengthy and successful Rugby League career in the years to come.