Newly-retired NSW captain Paul Gallen has brushed Queensland Rugby League CEO Peter Betros and labelled on-going commentary about State of Origin spite “boring”.
Betros claimed on Monday that Gallen “sometimes led the wrong way” and was to blame for much of the ill-feeling between the teams in the wake of the recent series.
“I’ve got no time or no concern for what Peter Betros thinks of me,” Gallen told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.
“I don’t understand where his significance comes into my life.
“I don’t even know the bloke, I couldn’t care less what he thinks of me.”
Betros’ comments came after retiring Queensland forward Corey Parker said relations between the two states had reached an all-time low following the perceived Blues snub of Maroons skipper Cameron Smith’s series victory speech.
But Gallen said he was completely unconcerned with the pair’s views.
“I’ve got bigger and better things going on in my life then to worry about Queensland’s feelings getting hurt,” Gallen said.
“I’m finding it a week later now almost, it’s just boring that we’re talking about it.”
Gallen also confirmed that while he had drawn the curtain on his Origin career, he is still available to represent Australia at the end-of-year Four Nations.
And he also had no concern about teaming up with Queenslanders such as Parker.
“I’ve played 32 Tests with these blokes and I’ve only ever lost two,” Gallen said.
“There’s no issue, we’re grown men. We get in there and we’re professionals.”