‘I want to help the place keep grow­ing’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

IT might be a home farewell to Paul Gallen the player, but the Sharks leader is de­ter­mined to re­main at the club for many more years to come.

He’s in­di­cated that his fi­nal match at Shark Park today will not nec­es­sar­ily be the last time he'll be out on his sa­cred home ground.

Gallen wants to be part of Cronulla’s fu­ture — be it as a men­tor or mem­ber of John Mor­ris' coach­ing staff.

“Noth­ing has been de­cided yet, but it's some­thing I def­i­nitely want to look at,” Gallen said.

“It’s some­thing I’ve no­ticed about this club over the years. I look at the pow­er­houses of the com­pe­ti­tions, the Mel­bournes, the Bris­banes, the Cow­boys and Roost­ers, they have their (most in­flu­en­tial play­ers) stick around.

“To have those guys around and to help younger guys come through and just men­tor them a lit­tle bit and teach them about the game, I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant.

“It’s one thing this club has never done well.

“I signed with this club in 1999 be­cause they were mi­nor pre­miers with ET (An­drew Et­ting­shausen), (David) Peachey, Mat Rogers, (Ja­son) Stevens and all these great play­ers.

“And yet they just fin­ish their ca­reers and then go.

“It may have been both par­ties con­tribut­ing to that, but for one rea­son or another they’ve just never stuck around.

“That’s some­thing I want to change and to be here to help the place keep grow­ing.”

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