Gray, who has played 39 games for Souths, scoring 16 tries since debuting in the NRL back in 2015, is set to add quality and the depth to the Sharks back line in 2018.
A Mascot Jets junior, the 23-year-old Gray was a City Origin representative in 2016, making an enormous impression in that match in crossing for four tries in City’s victory over Country.
“I want to give a massive thanks to Souths for giving me a start and for what they’ve done for me and we certainly want to finish this season strongly, but I’m also really excited and very much looking forward to the new opportunity at the Sharks next year,” Gray said.
Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan was pleased to have secured the services of Gray for at least the 2018 and 2019 seasons and had no doubt he would be an asset to his squad.
“Aaron has had a few injuries, which means he’s had a few false starts in his career, but I’m looking forward to having him on board next year,” Flanagan said. “He can play wing or centre, is a powerful runner, very skilful and is experienced for a young bloke.”
Gray has been named on the wing for Souths for their match against the Cowboys in Cairns on Sunday.
He will join the Sharks for pre-season training prior to the start of 2018.
Cronulla Sharks 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Aaron Gray (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2019), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: Jack Bird (Brisbane Broncos), Fa'amanu Brown (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Manaia Cherrington (New Zealand Warriors), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions)|
|Re-Signed: Kurt Capewell (2019), Sosaia Feki (2019), Andrew Fifita (2022), Wade Graham (2019), Valentine Holmes (2019), Luke Lewis (2018), Matt Prior (2020), Chad Townsend (2020)|
|Off Contract 2017: Gerard Beale, Adam Clydsdale, Kurt Dillon, Jordan Drew, Paul Gallen, Chris Heighington, Jeremy Latimore, Joseph Paulo, Sam Tagataese, Tony Williams|