Paul Gallen may be one of New South Wales’ fiercest warriors but Laurie Daley should avoid the phone call asking for the former skipper to step out of retirement. Here are the six reasons why:
The Blues are chock full of backrow depth. Boyd Cordner, Josh Jackson, Trent Merrin, Wade Graham and Tyson Frizell are the present and the future of the Blues. They must be handed the reins.
— NSW Rugby League 🏉 (@NSWRL) April 29, 2017
While Gallen captained the Blues to their drought-busting victory in 2014, he was part of losing series after losing series. It is time to draw a line in the sand and look to the future.
Paul Gallen took over the captaincy in 2011 and went on to become the Blues’ second-longest serving captain. That netted just a single series victory. A change in leadership – likely Boyd Cordner – tells the young brigade it is time to take ownership of the side.
There was never a criticism that Paul Gallen was a wallflower. He involved himself at every opportunity – sometimes to the detriment of the team. His absence gives the rest of the squad room to grow.
If Gallen were to play this year he would be 35, the oldest player in NSW Origin history. The Blues need to look to the future, not hang onto the past.
— Sporting News AU (@sportingnewsau) April 27, 2017
Paul Gallen is a force, a dominant personality who puts himself front and centre at every battle. That has created unnecessary tension in the past while it has forged the Blues’ identity. After so much losing, the Blues simply need a new identity.