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There has been only one man to do it however Paul Gallen will soon join be the next man to play 300 NRL games for the Cronulla Sharks.

Debuting for the Cronulla club back in 2001 against the Parramatta Eels, Gallen has been a rock for the Club in that time.

Andrew Ettingshausen, a club legend right across the board is the only player to play on more occasions for the Cronulla Sharks (324), however the two friends will become the only two members of the “Sharks 300 Club”.

The great ‘ET’ epitomised Club loyalty, a quality which Paul Gallen respected in the Sharks centre of the Half Century. This quality is also something that Gallen has implemented right across his own journey.

 “I think that’s one of my traits and something that I live by and I’ve shown this at the Club and it’s something that when I retire I’ll be very proud of,” said Gallen.

To stay a one Club player puts Gallen in elite company and he knows that such an achievement is not only special to him personally however to his family too.

“There were times throughout my career where I had opportunities to go to stronger clubs at the time for a lot more money and my Dad was a major influence in my decision to remain loyal.

“It’s been very important for me.

“It’s been very important for my family too.”

It is this loyalty and high-calibre of character which has seen Gallen achieve almost every accolade possible in the game.

With a few more chapters yet to be written in the story of Paul Gallen, stay tuned folks because this is set to be one memorable ride.

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