Gallen opens door on NRL return

Andre Cupido

True Blue and former NSW captain Paul Gallen has opened the door on a possible NRL return with the injury-plagued New Zealand Warriors this season due to the sacrifices they have made to play in the competition in 2020. 

Gallen retired at the end of the 2019 campaign having enjoyed an illustrious NRL career that spanned across 18 years, and revealed he would consider coming out of retirement to help the depleted Warriors. 

The NRL has refused to approve any players joining the injury-ravaged club but Gallen declared he would keep his options open if the opportunity ever presented itself. 

“The Warriors have done such an amazing job to get over here to Australia, so many sacrifices to get the game going again, you’d like to think we could help them out as much as possible,” Gallen  told 2GB radio.

“I tell you what, we’ve got until June 30 and I heard Billy Slater say he’d come back and play, Sam Thaiday today said he’d come back and play.

“I reckon between the three of us you’d get 10 or 15 games out, so why not, give me a call.

“The sacrifices they made, I would consider it.”

Gallen played 348 games for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, winning one premiership while representing NSW and Australia on 24 and 32 occasions respectively.