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Sharks site has announced the signings of Ikavalu, Tolman, Miller and the junior of Broncos

The hooker looks good. Won best player in QCup. Burgess should be able to give more.

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Here’s my full take on Berrell…

Before this season I wasn’t a fan.

Up until this season Mitch Cronin (R.I.P.) was the starting 9 and the captain, so Berrell would usually come off the bench and play a bit of 6, 7 or 9. Cronin was a guy who could play almost anywhere, so if a back got injured Wynnum would move him out wider and Berrell would come in to 9.

He’s always fit the mould of a bench 9 for me. Good running game, can make an impact, but he has some mistakes in him and can be prone to the occasional bonehead play. His passing from dummy half isn’t as good as some, and defence in the middle can be question mark too. He’s tough and willing, but he does fall off a few.

He had a good year this year (obviously). I wouldn’t have said he is the best player in the comp, but he obviously had enough good games to get the chocolates, and it’s not like he didn’t have other guys in his team getting points (the Wynnum 6 and 7 both polled high).

On the plus side, the guy is ultra competitive. He seems like the sort of guy you’d love to play with and hate to play against. His ball-playing at the line is really smart, and he is a “take a hit to make a play” type of player - which is something plenty on here will love because that’s the opposite of how Brailey is perceived.

I personally don’t think he’ll push Brailey at all, but it is great to have another good 9 option in the squad for if/when it is needed. I’d take him at 9 over Tracey any day. That he can play in the halves makes him a decent bench option too, since with Hynes in the squad you can pretty much cover any injury.

All in all I’m really happy for him, as I wouldn’t be for anyone who slugs it out in lower grades for years and then finally gets an opportunity. I hope he tears it up for the Jets and forces his way into the 17 so you can all call bullshit on any of the negative stuff I’ve said above.

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Happy we have what appears to be some good depth at hooker this year.
Agreed. I think Braileys biggest issues last year was probably playing too much football and not having enough of a challenge for his spot.

With this guy and McInnes Brailey won’t get away with coasting.
 

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The hooker looks good. Won best player in QCup. Burgess should be able to give more.
Busy this morning. I’ll give you a rundown soon.

Short version: good in attack; also plays in the halves; is fiery; better player than Paterson.
 

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Joining Miller as a newcomer to the Sharks and the Sutherland Shire, will be energetic hooker/utility Jayden Berrell, the Petero Civoniceva Medal winner as the leading player in the Queensland Cup Competition in 2021.

Managed by Sharks legend Mat Rogers and the Rogers Sports Management Group, Berrell needed little convincing that the Cronulla club was a great option for his immediate footballing future.

“It happened really quick. I sat down with Fitzy (Fitzgibbon) and Moons (Mooney), loved the vision they had for the club, loved what Fitzy wanted to bring and they had me. I’m definitely really keen to show what I can do,” Berrell said.

A former Australian Schoolboy, Berrell was in the Broncos system through the junior ranks and under 20’s, before then representing Wynnum and Norths in the Queensland Cup competition.

After a standout season in 2021, where his Wynnum Seagulls were narrowly defeated in the Grand Final, Berrell was ready to take the step up to an NRL roster and enlisted the help of Rogers to make it happen.

“He’s a young bloke with a great attitude who’s been fighting for an opportunity,” Rogers began.

“I said I can’t do anything for you unless you’re playing well, then this year he goes and wins the Queensland Cup player of the year.

“His wife said she had never seen him so focussed. He was working 40 hours a week, plus doing his weights, then also driving the hour or so from the Gold Coast to Wynnum in Brisbane to train and play football.

“Now we’ll see what he can do when he puts all his focus into training and playing footy. He’s a 9 who offers something in attack,” Rogers added.



 

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Sounds very promising. Lets see how Brailey reacts to the new competition from both this fella and McInnes. Im tipping Brailey to go to the next level in 2022, especially now that he doesnt have to play 80 each week and he’ll have better forwards around him.

If he doesnt, well ill be looking forward to see how Berrell tries to cement the spot.
 

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Great signing, not scared of having a crack himself from dummyhalf. He gives Josh Dugan a run for his money with his tatts his covered in them.
 
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Rolling out the nicknames Fitzy and Moons in his first interview. Sounds like a funny character already.

Just watching the 2021 Berrell highlights, reminded me a bit of Ennis.

3 years older than Blayke.
 
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Busy this morning. I’ll give you a rundown soon.

Short version: good in attack; also plays in the halves; is fiery; better player than Paterson.
I won't be surprised if he overtakes Brailey for his spot, 9 is a position that can literally change the entire way a team plays. About time he's got some proper competition
 

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I won't be surprised if he overtakes Brailey for his spot, 9 is a position that can literally change the entire way a team plays. About time he's got some proper competition
Last year he had no proper competition (Paterson seemed to be a flop) and also was over worked in the middle compared to what he was built for.
Should be interesting to see how he goes this season, should have a good one otherwise may well be passing his shirt along
 

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Great signing, not scared of having a crack himself from dummyhalf. He gives Josh Dugan a run for his money with his tatts his covered in them.
More Tatts the better.

Just spoken to a mate of mine, reckons this bloke is a hard as nails. And a real animal. Great signing by the club IMO. Exactly what we need depth wise.
 

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Here’s my full take on Berrell…

Before this season I wasn’t a fan.

Up until this season Mitch Cronin (R.I.P.) was the starting 9 and the captain, so Berrell would usually come off the bench and play a bit of 6, 7 or 9. Cronin was a guy who could play almost anywhere, so if a back got injured Wynnum would move him out wider and Berrell would come in to 9.

He’s always fit the mould of a bench 9 for me. Good running game, can make an impact, but he has some mistakes in him and can be prone to the occasional bonehead play. His passing from dummy half isn’t as good as some, and defence in the middle can be question mark too. He’s tough and willing, but he does fall off a few.

He had a good year this year (obviously). I wouldn’t have said he is the best player in the comp, but he obviously had enough good games to get the chocolates, and it’s not like he didn’t have other guys in his team getting points (the Wynnum 6 and 7 both polled high).

On the plus side, the guy is ultra competitive. He seems like the sort of guy you’d love to play with and hate to play against. His ball-playing at the line is really smart, and he is a “take a hit to make a play” type of player - which is something plenty on here will love because that’s the opposite of how Brailey is perceived.

I personally don’t think he’ll push Brailey at all, but it is great to have another good 9 option in the squad for if/when it is needed. I’d take him at 9 over Tracey any day. That he can play in the halves makes him a decent bench option too, since with Hynes in the squad you can pretty much cover any injury.

All in all I’m really happy for him, as I wouldn’t be for anyone who slugs it out in lower grades for years and then finally gets an opportunity. I hope he tears it up for the Jets and forces his way into the 17 so you can all call bullshit on any of the negative stuff I’ve said above.

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Just learned he’s also Mat Rogers’s first player managerial client as well to score an NRL deal as well. Congrats Matty.

Edit: Sorry SF, I just saw you posted this earlier.
 

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I won't be surprised if he overtakes Brailey for his spot, 9 is a position that can literally change the entire way a team plays. About time he's got some proper competition
he wont get close to BB's spot when BB is fit, he isnt that good, but he is good enough to push him
 
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he wont get close to BB's spot when BB is fit, he isnt that good, but he is good enough to push him
Yeah this how I’m seeing it. And good enough to cover for injuries and not be forced to move McInnes to hooker if they don’t want to
 
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