'Had enough of the rollercoaster': Paul Gallen announces retirement

Paul Gallen has confirmed he’ll retire from professional rugby league at the end of 2019.

Gallen, 37, has played 327 NRL games for Cronulla since his 2001 debut, as well as 24 games for NSW and 32 Australia Tests.

He also captained the Sharks to their sole NRL Premiership triumph in 2016.

“Definitely retiring from rugby league at the end of this year, without a doubt,” Gallen told Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM Radio.

Paul Gallen. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

“I’ve really enjoyed where I’ve been and what I’ve done but I’m ready to retire.

“I’ve just had enough of the rollercoaster, the up and down.

“Even this time last year, I was going through things and thinking, the only reason I’m going to retire is because of my age, I’m still performing a role, I’m still doing it, liking it.

“But I’ve come this year and I’m still performing .. but like I said before, it’s the rollercoaster of turning up.”

Gallen said he’d stay in the game after retirement, working in the media.