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Paul Gallen says he is excited to take the field this weekend in the first derby clash for 2017.

Speaking at Sharks Leagues Club on Tuesday, the Sharks skipper said this is one of the biggest games of the year and he is chomping at the bit to play.

"It's an unbelevable game to play in (the derby)," said Gallen.

"How much the crowd gets behind it and how enthusiastic they are, it's just a great environment to play in front of."

Watch Gallen's full reaction to the derby, talk of retirement and the state of the game playing Sharks TV right now.