SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Paul Gallen of the Sharks looks dejected during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen is in danger of missing Friday night’s preliminary final match up with the Storm, after suffering a should injury during Friday’s 21-20 win over Penrith.

Gallen sustained the knock in the second half, and will now be waiting on scans for further clarification on whether or not he can line up against the Storm in Melbourne in six days’ time.

The skipper put in one of his best games of the season, however coach Shane Flanagan couldn’t confirm Gallen’s availability for next weekend after the match.

“Gal is just a wait and see. We will get a scan. Touch wood that he is okay but it is a bit unknown,” Flanagan said post-game.

“When Gal doesn’t come back on, I am real concerned. He usually can just go in and get it strapped up and battle on. For him not to come back in a big semi- final is a bit concerning.”

The Sharks would have also been sweating on the fitness of Luke Lewis, although he has confirmed to the AAP his injury is just a cork, and he’s “not too stressed about it.”


  1. Gal is gone, his shoulder is totally stuffed and he will not play another game this year after he said he could not even lift his arm, at his age and with this type of injury and if an operation is needed it wouldn’t surprise me that he just may of played his last game ever.😎

  2. As important as Gallen may be to the Sharks you have to seriously question the value of playing a 37-year-old with just one arm! If Gallen indeed has a torn rotator cuff as the media (former players) have suggested then Gallen is a dead duck and will need surgery which would rule him out for at least 6 weeks! There is seriously no point in carrying a passenger into a sudden death finals game, even if he is the spiritual leader of the club.

    And I say that as someone who is 100% behind the Sharks wanting them to beat the Storm no matter what the result is for Souths going forward… and especially if Souths were to make it to the GF. 😉

  3. Father time has caught up with poor old Gal. No longer a gallon, now he’s just a half pint! 🍺

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