Gallen denies boycott option in cap dispute

STEVE JANCETIC
Last updated 15:18 11/12/2012
Paul Gallen
Getty Images
PAUL GALLEN: "As players, we're definitely getting to where we need to be. We're not there yet but it's not too far off."

Relevant offers

League

Tiger Liam Fulton to retire from rugby league Consolation Origin win for Queensland David Williams investigated over NRL bets Josh Reynolds faces four-game ban Laurie Daley: Paul Gallen a NSW Blues great NZ Warriors in form for the Parramatta Eels State of Origin III: NSW player ratings State of Origin III: Queensland player ratings Queensland finally solve NSW's defence De Barra: State of Origin just storm in teacup

NSW and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen claims talk of a strike is premature in the players' quest for a greater slice of the NRL money pie.

Gallen, preparing for a charity boxing bout in New Zealand on Saturday night, said he didn't believe the players and the NRL were too far apart as negotiations continue for a salary cap increase.

With ARL Commission chairman John Grant desperate to limit a cap increase in a bid to preserve money in a future fund, speculation has arisen that players could boycott next year's All Stars game if their demands are not met.

But Gallen denied that option was under serious consideration.

"There's no way in the world players want that," Gallen said.

"We love the fans, it's a blue-collar game and the fans love us because we get out there and we put our body on the line every single week.

"We certainly don't want to get to that stage. There certainly hasn't been talk about that."

Gallen was confident the resolution could soon be found in talks for a new collective bargaining agreement.

"I think both sides are working hard to get something done," he said.

"I don't think we are too far apart and every meeting I've been to, they've been more productive.

"It's certainly not a stand-off ... certainly no rush to get it done."

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you put the Warriors' resurgence down to?

New coach Andrew McFadden has been superb

The players are taking more ownership

It's too hard to say. But let the good times roll on

The Warriors will crumble soon. Watch this space

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content