The Cronulla Sharks have confirmed the signing of South Sydney outside back Aaron Gray on a two-year contract.
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), Trent Hodkinson (Newcastle Knights, 2018), Matt Moylan (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers, 2019), Scott Sorensen (Canberra Raiders, 2019), Braden Uele (North Queensland Cowboys, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: Gerard Beale (New Zealand Warriors), Jack Bird (Brisbane Broncos), Fa'amanu Brown (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Manaia Cherrington (New Zealand Warriors), Adam Clydsdale (retired), Jordan Drew (released), Chris Heighington (Newcastle Knights), Jeremy Latimore (St George Illawarra Dragons), James Maloney (Penrith Panthers), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions), Sam Tagataese (Brisbane Broncos), Jayden Walker (Penrith Panthers), Tony Williams (Parramatta Eels)|
|Re-Signed: Kurt Capewell (2019), Kurt Dillon (2018), Sosaia Feki (2019), Andrew Fifita (2022), Paul Gallen (2018), Wade Graham (2019), Valentine Holmes (2019), Luke Lewis (2018), Billy Magoulias (2019), Joseph Paulo (2018), Matt Prior (2020), Chad Townsend (2020)|
|Off Contract 2018: Jayson Bukuya, Kurt Dillon, Paul Gallen, Trent Hodkinson, Edrick Lee, Ricky Leutele, Luke Lewis, Joseph Paulo, James Segeyaro|