Paul Gallen

Blues, Maroons out to hurt each other: Gallen

Speaking at ANZ Stadium at the Blues' captain's run on Tuesday morning, Gallen anticipated the rulebook to be thrown out the window when the two teams come together. 

Gallen also expected debutants Josh Mansour, Matt Moylan, Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker to fit nicely into the Origin arena and the hurt that comes with it.

"There's a lot of emotion and a lot of passion from both sides. We both love it, we both hate each other and at the end of the day we're trying to hurt each other," Gallen said.

Graham backs his skipper to play on in 2017

While Gallen announced that this year would mark the end of his representative career with the New South Wales Blues, the inspirational lock forward has given no indication as to whether he'll run out for his beloved club again in 2017. 

Gallen has played 267 games for the Sharks since making his debut back in 2001 and has shown no signs of slowing down, averaging 147 metres per game this season. 

Gallen to make early call on future

The off-contract 34-year-old eventually signed on for an extra season at the club late last year but is contemplating going round once more in 2017.

"I haven't decided what I'm doing to be honest. I'm just going to give it the first month or six weeks to see where it's at," Gallen said.