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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Gallen reveals secret NRL 'villain' arrangement


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Retiring NRL great Paul Gallen has revealed a back-room agreement he had with the NRL to play the villain during Origin series past, in order to promote the games and boost sales for games played at neutral venues (Melbourne).

According to Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler, the Sharks captain was given a secret financial incentive by the NRL in order to play 'the bad guy'.

Gallen told Nine News he played his role perfectly.

"It was part and parcel of where the Origin series was at," Gallen said.

Paul Gallen

"NSW was struggling at the time, and we needed something to keep the promotion of the game going."

"That (something) was me, and I did a good job of it!"

Gallen also opened up on how the wounds of the 2011 ASADA scandal still hadn't healed, and that he was hung out to dry through the whole process.

"(A lawyer) told me very early on that it would be a very individual thing not a club thing."

"It hurt me. We all know what happened, and at the end of the day, me being who I was at the time, it fell a lot on my shoulders."

Gallen plays his final home game at Shark Park this weekend against the Canberra Raiders. He has played 345 matches for Cronulla, and captained the side to a memorable premiership in 2016.

Retiring NRL great Paul Gallen has revealed a back-room agreement he had with the NRL to play the villain during Origin series past, in order to promote the games and boost sales for games played at neutral venues (Melbourne).

According to Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler, the Sharks captain was given a secret financial incentive by the NRL in order to play 'the bad guy'.

Gallen told Nine News he played his role perfectly.

"It was part and parcel of where the Origin series was at," Gallen said.

Paul Gallen

"NSW was struggling at the time, and we needed something to keep the promotion of the game going."

"That (something) was me, and I did a good job of it!"

Gallen also opened up on how the wounds of the 2011 ASADA scandal still hadn't healed, and that he was hung out to dry through the whole process.

"(A lawyer) told me very early on that it would be a very individual thing not a club thing."

"It hurt me. We all know what happened, and at the end of the day, me being who I was at the time, it fell a lot on my shoulders."

Gallen plays his final home game at Shark Park this weekend against the Canberra Raiders. He has played 345 matches for Cronulla, and captained the side to a memorable premiership in 2016.

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