Paul Gallen of the Cronulla Sharks.
Paul Gallen of the Cronulla Sharks. CRAIG GOLDING

Gallen says his form's good enough for NSW spot

PAUL Gallen says his form deserves a place in the NSW Blues team for the first State of Origin clash on May 31.

But the Cronulla captain says he has no regrets about his decision to retire from Origin duties.

The 35-year-old former NSW Origin captain has been one of the Sharks' best forwards this season, and topped 150 running metres for the eighth time in 11 games in Cronulla's 18-14 win over North Queensland on Thursday night.

"I wouldn't say I regret it because I made a commitment to the club," Gallen said.

"But I think I'm playing good enough that if I was there no one could really argue with it."

Cronulla could lose as many as five players - five-eighth James Maloney, prop Andrew Fifita, utility Jack Bird and back-rower Wade Graham for NSW and back Valentine Holmes for the Maroons - to the interstate series and this year faces two matches without its Origin stars.

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