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Sharks won't be moving: Gallen

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:11 AM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Ben Hocking

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has scoffed at suggestions the club could be relocated to central Queensland.

News Limited reported that the club could expect a $2m fine from the NRL once the ASADA investigation was concluded, leaving the club in a parlous financial state, with relocation the only hope of survival.

Gallen told SportsFan's Clubhouse that while it was still impossible to comment about potential penalties from the ASADA investigation, the club was getting itself in a good financial position.

"There is a $300m development, which has just been approved, and that will give us the financial stability that we need," Gallen said.

"I'm not from the area, I'm from the western suburbs, but I've been living there for 12 years now and I can see how important we are in the community.

"From the time I started there, I can see the effect we have had on kids. I've known Tyrone Peachey since he was eight years old and now he has played first grade with me."

The NSW captain also pointed out that central Queensland would want their own team, and would be less likely to follo0w a relocated Sharks outfit.

"I don't think they would want us coming up there, to be honest," Gallen said.

"They wouldn't embrace it, then all of a sudden you have got a franchise up there that people are not coming to see."

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