Gallen hit back at Nathan Brown’s comments following the Knights’ win over the Sharks.
Gallen hit back at Nathan Brown’s comments following the Knights’ win over the Sharks.

Sharks skipper bites back in NRL feud

CRONULLA captain Paul Gallen has levelled a sarcastic sledge at Newcastle coach Nathan Brown, as the bitter feud between the Sharks No. 13 and the Knights rumbles on.

In 2017, Gallen slated the Knights by saying: "In my opinion, Newcastle are two or three years away from being a consistent top eight side.

"As for winning competitions, well, I just can't see that happening for a long, long time."

Those comments clearly irked Brown, who after Friday night's win over Cronulla, chose to fire back at the Sharks skipper.

"I'm probably more interested to see what Gal thinks of us now," Brown said, after Gallen had dropped the ball late in the piece to hand victory to Newcastle.

It also led to Knights forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon levelling at Gallen, by saying: "We're not boys any more and we're here to play."

That clearly angered Gallen, who admitted his shock that after an opening-round victory, Brown chose to slate the Cronulla skipper.

"Off the back of a Round 1 win, I thought that Nathan Brown referring back to comments I made 18 months ago was surprising," Gallen said.

"He's a head coach and chose a press conference to pull apart comments I made 18 months ago. I didn't realise Browny valued my opinion that much.

Nathan Brown pointed out Gallen's comments in the wake of the opening-round win. AAP Image/Darren Pateman.
Nathan Brown pointed out Gallen's comments in the wake of the opening-round win. AAP Image/Darren Pateman.

"I'm sure Knights fans would prefer to hear from their coach about their team, rather than his trip down memory lane.

"What I said back in 2017 was that Newcastle were two-to-three years away from being a consistent top-eight side, a long way off winning a competition, and that Mitchell Pearce was taking a risk by signing with them over the Sharks.

"Those comments were made with Newcastle coming off three consecutive wooden spoons. They were pretty fair.

"My comments of 18 months ago are looking pretty spot on. I actually picked Newcastle to make the eight this year.

"If Browny is that interested in my opinion: I think they should make the eight with this Knights team. It's a fair squad he's got.

"If they don't, it would be a major disappointment for the club, the coach and a proud rugby league town."

The Knights, who emerged 14-8 victors on Friday, host Penrith on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cronulla will take on the Gold Coast Titans at Shark Park.

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