Gallen backs a 2017 dou­ble

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

CRONULLA cap­tain Paul Gallen has re­vealed next year may not nec­es­sar­ily be his last, with an op­tion in his new con­tract to play on in 2017 for his 16th straight NRL sea­son.

And the no­tion of one of the Sharks’ most capped play­ers con­tin­u­ing on be­yond the end of next year has a touch of ro­mance to it with Cronulla also pre­par­ing to celebrate the club’s great­est mile­stone in 2017 – their 50th an­niver­sary.

Adorned with lav­ish praise by Cronulla chief ex­ec­u­tive Lyall Gor­man as an “icon” and club “im­mor­tal” yesterday, Gallen an­nounced he had signed a four- year play­ing and post­foot­ball con­tract, which in­cludes a one year deal to play with the Sharks in 2016 and three years post- football work­ing in an am­bas­sador role.

The struc­ture of the deal pro­vides an op­tion to ex­tend his ca­reer be­yond next sea­son.

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