Certain reports had him linked with a move away in light of the emergence of other talented backs and the move has now eventuated, with Aaron Gray to join the Cronulla Sharks on a 2-year deal from 2018.
The current South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back has so far played 39 games for the Bunnies and scored 16 tries in that time.
A Mascot Jets junior, Gray also made an appearance for City in the 2016 City v Country clash and praised Souths for the opportunities they gave to him.
“I want to give 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.
Equally pleased is Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, who looks forward to having Gray at the club from 2018.
“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.”
“He can play wing or centre, is a powerful runner, very skilful and is experienced for a young bloke.”
Despite his move away from Souths, Gray says that he will always have the club in his heart.
“I will forever be grateful for the opportunity Souths has given me to represent this great Club and for the trust they placed in me to wear the famous jersey with the respect it deserves.
“I’ll have a fresh start at the new club but I’ll always have the Rabbitohs in my heart.”