SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Paul Gallen of the Sharks watches on from the bench during the round 14 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers at Southern Cross Group Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Paul Gallen insists players need a proper pre-season if and when the league restarts this year to avoid widespread injuries.

The specifics of a late-year return to action are yet to be determined as teams adjust to the NRL’s new training guidelines, which stipulate players must only train individually and away from club bases.

Gallen told Nine’s Sunday Footy Show a minimum of four weeks would be necessary to prepare players for the demands of a rebooted season.

“I do think they need a good 4-6 weeks,” Gallen said.

“If we send these guys back on the field with one week’s preparation, all sorts of things can go wrong.

“We worry about players’ health at the moment but there could be detrimental impacts on players’ knees and shoulders.

“It’s all sorts of different things that players need to get back up to speed to play again.”

Gallen was just one of hundreds of victims of the league’s shutdown, temporarily stood down from his coaching role with the Sharks.

The NRL has already confirmed the competition must restart by September 1st, meaning a four-to-six week preseason would need to begin by the start of August at the latest.

 

 

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  1. The Entitled Brat Latrell Mitchell needs more than another 4 weeks

    Ready to walk away from the game because he has played like crap and some have called him out on it!!
    What a big Entitled SOOK

    Good riddance … move along and give someone that has a bit of heart a go.

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