Kenty’s Man of the Moment – Paul Gallen – Sharks
It might be fair to say nobody earned their 300 games harder than Paul Gallen. The Cronulla captain runs out tonight for his milestone game against premiership contender Brisbane, but all eyes will be on Gallen.
Teammate Wade Graham plays his 200th game but few are prepared to let the light on Gallen dim to acknowledge Graham’s input.
Gallen began his career in 2001 against Parramatta as, we now famously know, a young player prepared to push Australian prop Jason Stevens out of the way to take his run in the set.
It seems like he has been doing it ever since.
Gallen’s relentless personality tractored on from that moment on through to NSW and Australia honours until last year, he led the Sharks to their maiden premiership.
Electing to play on for one final year rather than retire on the fairytale, Gallen has now extended that to two seasons after signing a one-year extension last month.
The smart money says one year will become two as Gallen, the ultimate professional, continues to squeeze more from his body like few ever could.
By Paul Kent
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