The Cronulla Sharks have selected a talented youngster to start this weekend’s derby with St George Illawarra following a long-term injury to fullback Will Kennedy.
If you’re wondering why that name sounds familiar, Kade is the son of Sharks legend Adam Dykes – who also made his debut as a youngster and will be in attendance this week for the club’s Old Boys Day.
Kade is also the grandson of former Sharks back-rower John Dykes, making him the third generation from one family to play for the Shire club.
Dykes’ selection comes on the back of string of electric performances for feeder club Newtown in the NSW Cup. Dykes has played 13 cup games for the Jets since making his debut in April.
In 13 appearances he’s already scored eight tries and directly assisted nine more, and he currently averages five tackle-breaks and 130 running metres per game.
The loss of Kennedy comes as another big blow to the Sharks, who had lost prolific winger Sione Katoa to a season-ending injury just a week before.
Luckily, the Shire-club have incredible depth in a number of positions at the moment, thanks to a strong junior system and the current form of the ladder-leading Jets.