Paul Gallen has launched back at Phil Gould afer the TV pundit criticised Cronulla’s 2016 premiership win.
Gould described the Sharks as “the last-man standing” in 2016 which “ended up being a fairly soft competition”.
It was Cronulla’s first grand final win in their 50-year history.
Gallen said Gould’s comments were “insulting”.
“I read the quotes this morning, I don’t know in what context he meant them but if he somehow meant that the 2016 competition was somehow flawed or soft, I’ve got to say I find that insulting,” Gallen told TV program The Sunday Footy Show.
“And I think the whole club would as well. As a group of 25 or 30 players and staff, we trained our backside off like 16 other clubs from November.
“We beat the Melbourne Storm, we beat the reigning premiers (North Queensland) the week before to make the grand final … I find those comments pretty disappointing.”