Paul Gallen of the Sharks.
Paul Gallen of the Sharks. PAUL MILLER

Paul Gallen approached to play in Origin clash

PAUL Gallen is set to step out of representative retirement after being approached by the NSWRL to play in next week's City-Country Origin fixture.

The former NSW State of Origin and current Cronulla captain was asked by City Origin coach Brad Fittler last week if he would consider being chosen for the Mudgee clash to be held on May 7.

This year's City-Country Origin will be the last instalment of the annual representative fixture.

The NSWRL wants Gallen to be chosen in the City Origin team to act as a mentor for the next-generation players while the call-up would also be an opportunity for the premiership-winner to give back to the game.

A Wentorthville Mapies junior, the 35-year-old made his City Origin debut under coach Tim Sheens in 2006, before becoming a mainstay with the NSW Blues and Australia.

Gallen has long credited his maiden representative jersey with City as a pivotal stepping stone to his lengthy career.

It follows the decision by Des Hasler to ban his Bulldogs players from appearing in the match, much to the disappointment of Josh Jackson.

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