Make or break time as Gallen brother eyes spot in NRL
PETER Gallen knows full well he is at the crossroads when it comes to his future as a rugby league player.
While supporting his young family is top priority for the 23-year-old, as he juggles a long working week with his footy Gallen is still holding ambitions of making it in the NRL.
The brother of New South Wales State of Origin skipper Paul Gallen moved to Gladstone this season from the Sunshine Coast where he was playing Intrust Super Cup.
Gallen is now hoping to impress CQ Capras coach Jason Hetherington and continue pushing his case in the Queensland competition.
"It is make-or-break for the next 18 months," Gallen said. "It is a great opportunity. I am still keen on making a name for myself.
"I am working hard off the field at gym and fitness."
Linking up with the Capras was the added bonus of moving to the area to secure income to provide for his partner and baby girl.
"It wasn't going well (on the Sunshine Coast). The target was to chase some money and put family first," said Gallen, who is now employed at QCLNG on Curtis Island.
Gallen said the Capras would be a competitive unit in 2014.
Playing his first match for the Capras against his former side at Miriam Vale on Saturday, Gallen crossed the stripe once in a good hit-out, and he does not plan on giving up the jersey, identifying his errors and understanding how to fix them.
"I need to work on ball-handling. I want to perform as the elite at this level," he said.