Posted: 2 October, 2016
Gallen A 'Sharks Immortal'
Cronulla's warrior on the field and spiritual leader off it, Paul Gallen is a future Sharks Immortal.
That is the opinion of Sharks boss Lyall Gorman, who along with skipper Gallen has helped turned Cronulla around since the dark days of the ASADA scandal.
Gorman has righted the Sharks ship off the field and Gallen can deliver the club the ultimate reward on the field on Sunday in the NRL grand final against Melbourne, their maiden premiership win.
"I would love to see Paul hold up that trophy," Gorman told AAP.
"He has been through all those speed humps, and speed humps is probably a bit light a term given the history of the club.
"But he has been through all of that and a premiership would be the ultimate reward for the ultimate warrior."
Through the bad times Gallen has often been the figurehead of a struggling Sharks. But he has also been one of its leading lights this year.
"He has been the heart and soul of our club," Gorman said.'
"I see him as our spiritual leader off the field and our warrior on it.
"Not only does he lead by example but he leads by words and preparation. He is one of our best trainers.
"And off the field his engagement with the community is great.
"He is the consummate professional."
Gallen, 35, will run around for the Sharks for one more year in 2017, in what will be his 17th NRL season.
"He deserves a contract next year, he is still in fantastic form," Gorman said.
"I have no doubt he will go down as one of the immortals of our club."