Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has signed to play with the Sharks in 2018.
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has signed to play with the Sharks in 2018. DAVE HUNT

Sharks skipper signals end is near

RUGBY LEAGUE: Captain Paul Gallen has provided the Sharks with a timely boost as Cronulla continue their charge towards back-to-back premierships.

Gallen, who led the Sharks to their maiden premiership last year, confirmed on Sunday that he has signed a one-year extension but hinted it could be his last season with the club.

"If I was a betting man you would probably say it's my last contract, but you never say never and I'm enjoying my football at the moment,” Gallen said.

"I haven't had any issues with the body this year, I think retiring my rep footy has been a plus for my body, but also for my mind.”

Paul Gallen was is tackled during the Sharks' 26-12 win over South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night.
Paul Gallen was is tackled during the Sharks' 26-12 win over South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night. CRAIG GOLDING

Gallen has played 297 games since making his debut in 2001, as well as 32 Tests for Australia and 24 State of Origin games for NSW.

The 35-year-old said that while the Sharks aim to claim back-to-back premierships this year, he was also excited about their chances with the addition of NSW and Dragons centre Josh Dugan next year.

"We've also got some really good young players coming up. The future is looking really good for the club,” he said.



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