2018 Player Review - Paul Gallen

37 years old and 18 seasons deep into his NRL career, Paul Gallen has showed no sign of slowing down.

The Sharks hardman again proving a key member of Shane Flanagan's 17, possessing those workhorse abilities in both attack and defence that Sharks fans have come to expect from their skipper.

Always leading from the front, this veteran Cronulla forward has shown he is still a huge contributor for his side.

In 2018, Gal featured in 22 games, ran for 3046 metres, making 656 tackles and 34 tackle breaks.

Even with reduced minutes on the field, Gal still averaged 133m per game, the seventh most of any forward in the NRL.

He also notched up over 50,000 career running metres, the first player in the history of the game to do so.

Gal is the heart and soul of this Cronulla outfit and will play on in season 2019 for an incredible 19th season.

This extraordinary effort will make Gal the most capped player in Cronulla's history, surpassing the legendary Andrew Ettingshausen's 328 game record.

Currently recovering from a shoulder injury suffered against the Panthers in the semi-finals, which prematurely ended his 2018 campaign, Gal is working hard to make 2019 yet another one to remember.

 

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Photo of the Year

Two of the greatest to ever pull on the black, white and blue jersey were honoured with a mural in the heart of Cronulla, that captured one of the greatest moments in the Club's rich history.

 

2019 - What's ahead

Paul Gallen will be lacing up the boots for an incredible 19th season in 2019. To have played every one of his NRL games in the Sharks jersey is an absolutely amazing achievement.