Paul Gallen is at a loss to understand Phil Gould’s controversial post-Origin comments labelling the NSW leadership group as selfish.
The NSW captain has come under-fire since the Blues’ series-defining 26-16 loss in game two last Wednesday, with calls also made for his sacking ahead of what would be his farewell match in the dead rubber in Sydney next month.
However a frustrated Gallen says he is perplexed by Gould’s comments and neither he nor vice captain Robbie Farah understand the criticism levelled at them.
“I’m at a bit of a loss to the whole thing,” he told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to come out and say that I’m selfish … I’m this and that … The only people that can judge me on that is my teammates and my coaches.
“They’re the ones who should be asked the question. Two of them have been in the recent week and they’ve answered it that we’re not.”
Gallen also refuted Gould’s claims he received too much ball while the Blues were on the Queensland line, arguing he wouldn’t be selected if he didn’t follow the team’s gameplan.
Instead, he labelled the former NSW coach’s comments “open-ended”, maintaining he still wanted to meet with the analyst to discuss the issues.
The Cronulla captain is one of several players under review ahead of the dead-rubber, with calls made by former NSW players to also move on fellow veterans Farah and Greg Bird as well as centre Michael Jennings.
However he maintained there was no chance he would be standing aside, insisting he would leave the decisions on selection to coach Laurie Daley.
“I don’t know how many more changes we can make,” Gallen said.
“There have been 11 different players this year from last year – you’re talking about the majority of the side there.”
Gallen also indicated he offered his representative retirement to Daley last season in the event he had wanted to take the team in another direction.