Aaron Gray (rugby league)

Aaron Gray
Aaron Gray Souths.jpg
Personal information
Born (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 27)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–17 South Sydney 42 17 0 0 68
2018–19 Cronulla Sharks 7 5 0 0 20
Total 49 22 0 0 88
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 NSW City 1 4 0 0 16
As of 16 September 2019
Source: [1]

Aaron Gray (born 7 April 1994) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who last played as a centre and on the wing for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL.

He previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League. Gray played for NSW City in 2016.

Background

Gray was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

He played his junior rugby league for the Mascot Jets, before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Playing career

Early career

From 2012 to 2014, Gray played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs' NYC team.[2][3] On 3 May 2014, he played for the New South Wales under-20s team against the Queensland under-20s team, after coming in as a late inclusion for an injured player.[4]

Gray playing for the North Sydney Bears

2015

On 31 January and 1 February, Gray played for South Sydney in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[5]

In 2015, Gray graduated on to South Sydney's New South Wales Cup team, the North Sydney Bears. Gray played 12 games for Norths and scored 7 tries before making his NRL Debut.[6][7] In Round 8 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for Souths against the Canberra Raiders, playing in the Rabbitohs' 22-30 loss.[8][9] In Round 9, he scored his first two tries for the Rabbitohs against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.[10] On 3 August, he re-signed with the Rabbitohs on a 2-year contract.[11] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 12 games and scoring seven tries.[12]

In the early hours of 22 September 2015, Gray and fellow South Sydney teammate and best friend Dylan Walker were hospitalized after the pair overdosed on prescription drugs Oxycodone and Tramadol at Gray's apartment in Rosebery. The pair were discovered by another friend who alerted emergency services and the pair were sent to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition placed in induced comas.[13]

The pair were released from hospital three days later to front the media about the unfortunate situation.[14]

2016

South Sydney's loss of centre Dylan Walker to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles caused a reshuffle among the club's back-line, handing Gray a more secure spot on the wing. He began the season, scoring a try in round 1.[15] In round 2, he scored his first career hat-trick against the Newcastle Knights in South Sydney's 48-6 win at ANZ Stadium.[16] On 8 May, he played for NSW City against NSW Country in the annual City vs Country Origin match. Despite being named in the centres, an injury to City winger David Nofoaluma moved Gray to the wing, where he scored four tries in the match.[17] During the second half of the season, the Rabbitohs shifted Gray to the position of centre, where he scored four tries overall, including a double in Round 26 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. He finished the 2016 season with 21 appearances and 9 tries.[18]

2017

Gray was named in the Souths squad for the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.[19]

On 13 July Gray signed a two-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks starting in 2018.[20]

2018

Gray made his debut for Cronulla in round 2 against the St George Illawarra Dragons.[21] In June 2018, Gray was selected to play for NSW residents against the QLD residents side. NSW residents won the match 36-20.[22] Gray only managed to make 1 appearance for Cronulla in 2018 and spent the entire season playing for Newtown in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW. On 23 September, Gray played for Newtown in their 18-12 grand final loss to Canterbury.[23]

2019

Gray started the 2019 NRL season in the Canterbury Cup NSW behind established winger Sosaia Feki and Sione Katoa. Gray was then called up to the Cronulla side to cover injuries within the team for the club's Round 8 match against Melbourne which Cronulla won 20-18. The following week, Gray scored 2 tries as Cronulla defeated the Gold Coast 26-18.[24]

Gray played for Cronulla-Sutherland in their elimination final match against Manly-Warringah which ended in a 28-16 loss at Brookvale Oval with Gray scoring a try in the defeat.[25]

Gray played for Cronulla's feeder side Newtown in their Canterbury Cup NSW grand final victory over the Wentworthville Magpies at Bankwest Stadium.[26]

2020

In February, it was revealed that Gray was released by Cronulla-Sutherland after failing to secure a new contract.[27]

References

  1. ^ "Aaron Gray - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 12 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Aaron Gray". Nycdatabase.org. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Two From Two for Rabbitohs NYC". Rabbitohs.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Rep Wrap". Rabbitohs.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "2015 Auckland Nines squad lists". NRL. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ http://www.ssralmanac.com/mobile/pastplayers_bears.htm
  7. ^ "VB NSW CUP TEAMS ROUND 1". NSWRL.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "NRL 2015 - Round 8". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 5 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Late Mail: Rd 8, 2015". Rabbitohs.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "NRL 2015 - Round 9". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 29 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Young gun Gray re-signs with Souths | NRL". Zero Tackle. 3 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Rabbitohs Duo Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray Rushed to Hospital". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 25 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray released from hospital after severe reaction to prescribed painkillers". Stuff. 25 September 2015.
  15. ^ "NRL 2016 - Round 1". Rugby League Project. 6 March 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Dominic Bossi. "Aaron Gray seals hat-trick for South Sydney Rabbitohs after pre-season overdose". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 4 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Updated: Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 3 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "2017 Auckland Nines squads: Every player named for the tournament". The Roar. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Cronulla Sharks sign Aaron Gray". Zero Tackle. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/03/13/cronulla-sharks-v-st-george-illawarra-dragons-round-2-preview/
  22. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/06/24/final-team--intrust-super-nsw-residents/
  23. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/09/23/woolford-stars-as-bulldogs-claim-isp-premiership/
  24. ^ "Sharks lose Fifita and Prior but dig deep to outlast Titans". www.nrl.com.
  25. ^ "Under-strength Sea Eagles send Sharks packing". NRL.
  26. ^ "Newtown reign supreme in epic decider". NSWRL.
  27. ^ "2020 SEASON PREVIEW CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS". nothingbutleague.com.

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