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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Gal's startling claim about former teammate


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Sharks skipper Paul Gallen says NRL players changing their age to prolong their careers is "not that uncommon" throwing a premiership teammate under the bus as an example.

The startling revelation comes just a day after retired player Mark Riddell outed himself on his Macquarie Sports Radio show as having played throughout his career with an incorrect birth date designed to shave a year off his actual age.

Asked on Wednesday if he was "actually 40" when the Riddell news came up, Gallen quipped that his 2016 premiership teammate Chris Heighington was two years older than he'd claimed to be throughout his career - although that accusation doesn't quite stack up.

Gallen claimed Heighington was "born in '81 and had '83 on his profile" but Wide World of Sports did a quick fact check to reveal the retired back-rower is listed with a birth date of 14/01/1982 on a number of current websites.

Still, it's a fascinating talking point that is sure to have NRL clubs requesting birth certificates when talking contract extensions with veteran players.

"You know what, it's not that uncommon," Gallen told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Chris Heighington did the same thing. Chris Heighington I'm sure is born in '81 and had '83 on his profile, so he absolutely did it.

"I've never done it, I am the 14th August 1981 and you'll see that on everything and that was when I was born but it is not that uncommon (to change birth dates), players do do it. "

On Tuesday Riddell brought the age doctoring practice to light when he corrected his Macquarie Sports Radio co-host Mark Levy on his birth date having shaved a year off his age throughout his NRL career.

"I'm actually born 9th of December 1980 but I changed it years ago so I could get an extra year out of my career," Riddell said.

"That's what we all do, all the footy boys, once we get into the NRL, we all change our birth dates so we can get extra years on our contracts.

"I'm 100 per cent serious, all those footy cards where you see players birth dates and be like, 'please, as if that's his age, he's put that one back a few years!'

Mark Riddell

"At the start of each year or so, you have to fill in your details and everything, so the sooner you did it, the better.

"It was a nice little rort that one, wasn't it?

"I retired when I was 31 so I didn't milk it too much but some of the boys out there that I actually played with as a kid, I'd see their birth date and say 'Oh please - you're 28?! We're 31, what's doing?

"They'd say 'shhhh, I've gotta get the contract up, gotta renew the contract."

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen says NRL players changing their age to prolong their careers is "not that uncommon" throwing a premiership teammate under the bus as an example.

The startling revelation comes just a day after retired player Mark Riddell outed himself on his Macquarie Sports Radio show as having played throughout his career with an incorrect birth date designed to shave a year off his actual age.

Asked on Wednesday if he was "actually 40" when the Riddell news came up, Gallen quipped that his 2016 premiership teammate Chris Heighington was two years older than he'd claimed to be throughout his career - although that accusation doesn't quite stack up.

Gallen claimed Heighington was "born in '81 and had '83 on his profile" but Wide World of Sports did a quick fact check to reveal the retired back-rower is listed with a birth date of 14/01/1982 on a number of current websites.

Still, it's a fascinating talking point that is sure to have NRL clubs requesting birth certificates when talking contract extensions with veteran players.

"You know what, it's not that uncommon," Gallen told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Chris Heighington did the same thing. Chris Heighington I'm sure is born in '81 and had '83 on his profile, so he absolutely did it.

"I've never done it, I am the 14th August 1981 and you'll see that on everything and that was when I was born but it is not that uncommon (to change birth dates), players do do it. "

On Tuesday Riddell brought the age doctoring practice to light when he corrected his Macquarie Sports Radio co-host Mark Levy on his birth date having shaved a year off his age throughout his NRL career.

"I'm actually born 9th of December 1980 but I changed it years ago so I could get an extra year out of my career," Riddell said.

"That's what we all do, all the footy boys, once we get into the NRL, we all change our birth dates so we can get extra years on our contracts.

"I'm 100 per cent serious, all those footy cards where you see players birth dates and be like, 'please, as if that's his age, he's put that one back a few years!'

Mark Riddell

"At the start of each year or so, you have to fill in your details and everything, so the sooner you did it, the better.

"It was a nice little rort that one, wasn't it?

"I retired when I was 31 so I didn't milk it too much but some of the boys out there that I actually played with as a kid, I'd see their birth date and say 'Oh please - you're 28?! We're 31, what's doing?

"They'd say 'shhhh, I've gotta get the contract up, gotta renew the contract."

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