'Made you famous': Paul Gallen sledged over Sonny Bill Williams fight

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
A 50-50 split image shows Paul Gallen on the left and Phil Gould in the right in two screenshots from Channel Nine program 100% Footy.
Paul Gallen copped his fair share of mockery on Monday night, after Phil Gould and the other hosts of Channel Nine's 100% Footy sledged his continued attempts to meet Sonny Bill Williams in the boxing ring. Pictures: Channel 9/100% Footy

Gus Gould has trained his sights on a Paul Gallen sore spot in an amusing exchange about Sonny Bill Williams’ return to the NRL - and his mooted boxing match against Barry Hall at the end of the season.

Talk of SBW’s return to the league, most likely with the Sydney Roosters, has dominated the NRL rumour mill for several weeks - but the Canterbury Bulldogs have thrown their name into the mix for the star who memorably walked away from the club back in 2008.

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When veteran reporter Danny Weidler, well known for his good relationship with Williams’ agent Khoder Nasser, discussed the potential for Bulldogs jersey sponsor Laundy Hotels’ interest in bringing back the former star, all hell broke loose.

“I spoke to Stu Laundy today and he is going to meet with Khoder Nasser some time in the near future to start raising this proposition,” Weidler said on Channel Nine’s 100% Footy.

“I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.”

Paul Gallen mocked over SBW fight snub

Gould couldn’t help but poke fun at Weidler’s relationship with Nasser, which ultimately resulted in Gallen getting drawn into the mess.

“There’s your Sonny Bill man,” Gould said of Weidler.

“You used to be Paul Gallen’s man.

“How come you had Paul Gallen on the six o’clock news every night of the week? Every night of the week. Every night of the week.”

Gallen had some mild objections to that comparison, shooting back ‘I made him famous’ - but Gould was clearly in the mood for a bit of banter, and that proved infectious among the Channel Nine panel.

“I think he made you famous,” Gould shot back, but it was host James Bracey who got the ultimate shot in at Gallen.

The Cronulla Sharks legend has been seeking a boxing match against SBW for years - and with reports emerging of a potential match against Barry Hall, Bracey couldn’t help but chip Gallen over his latest snub.

“Have you asked SBW why he won’t fight Gal? Gal’s filthy about this,” he said.