Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com :                               NRL Rugby League, Round 16 Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium, Friday June 27th 2014.

He is always forthright and willing to offer an opinion and today was no different on Sky Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast as Paul Gallen spoke to hosts Terry Kennedy and Michael Slater.

Gallen covered off on a number of topics, first and foremost the Sharks and their upcoming trip to Auckland to take on the Warriors this weekend.

After three weeks on the sideline with a biceps tear, Gallen returns in what is a time of need for his club which is battling a long injury toll.

“We had a good day at training yesterday, one more session tomorrow then we head to New Zealand on Friday,” Gallen said. “Yesterday at training we had a couple of young guys from the 20’s come up to help make up the numbers.

“It’s been a tough ask,” he said in reference to the injuries affecting the club. “But we’re going to keep trying. Guys who weren’t even in our fulltime squad, Pat Politoni, Tim Robinson, they’ve tried really hard and done a good job for us.”

The Sharks skipper then went on to speak about a number of issues affecting the game, including the apparent lack of player depth across all the clubs and the resignation of John Cartwright at the Gold Coast Titans.

“When you’re losing it’s the coach’s fault, when you’re winning it’s the players,” Gallen joked. “It’s a business, that’s the way it is. It’s cut throat.”

He talked about the Robbie Farah issues at the Tigers and scoffed at Wayne Bennett’s suggestion that the Souths attacking game is too predictable fo rthem to make a serious run at the title.

“”Last year maybe, but not this year. They have so much ex-factor and speed in the backs,” Gallen added.

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