Gallen signs Sharks extension

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Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen will continue his career into 2018 after signing a one-year contract extension with the NRL club.

Gallen, 35, began his career at the Sharks in 2001 and will push his stay into an 18th season next year.

The veteran signed his deal on Friday and said his fitness was still at a good enough level to not rule out playing into 2019.

"I'm very happy to sign for another year," Gallen told Sharks TV.

"If I was a betting man you would probably say its my last contract, but you never say never and I'm enjoying my football at the moment.

"I haven't had any issues with the body this year, I think retiring my rep footy has been a plus for my body, but also for my mind."

Gallen has played 297 NRL games and 32 Tests for Australia, along with making 24 State of Origin appearances for New South Wales.

He led the Sharks to the 2016 premiership and his team are set to challenge again this year, sitting fourth on the ladder.