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Windback Wednesday | Blayke Brailey

Blayke Brailey has cemented himself as the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks' trusted no.9 in 2020 but it was just last year where he was a key cog in the Newtown Jets' historic premiership triumph in the Canterbury Cup NSW. 

His transition into first-grade has come after helping the Jets reach back-to-back Grand Final appearances in 2018 and 2019 respectively, while also earning countless representative honours throughout his junior development. 

The 21-year-old has been a core part of the NSWRL Pathways Program, representing the CABE NSW Under 20s and NSW Residents squads in 2018, before earning his place in the Australia U20 side later that year. 

The 2016 Australian Schoolboys star has since recorded 33 appearances for Newtown, and although he managed just seven games in 2019, he was a crucial figure in their incredible Grand Final victory over Wentworthville Magpies. 

Since earning an NRL debut with the Sharks in Round 1 of the 2019 campaign, Brailey has recorded 25 appearances and played well beyond his years in a side that boasts plenty of representative talent. 

In his 10 NRL appearances this season, he has produced three tries, two try assists, and averages 37 tackles per game.