Preview Smith pleased for Gallen ahead of NRL grand final

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith is happy to see Cronulla Sharks veteran Paul Gallen in an NRL grand final.

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith is happy to see Cronulla Sharks veteran Paul Gallen in an NRL grand final.

Smith and Gallen are set to do battle in the decider at ANZ Stadium next Sunday after the Storm booked their spot with a 14-12 win over the Canberra Raiders.

Long-time opponents in State of Origin, Queensland star Smith described Sharks captain Gallen as a friend.

The Sharks are into a first grand final in 19 years and Smith said he was happy for Gallen.

"We play in different positions but I see him a fair bit because we play in the middle. I'm pleased for Gal," Smith told a news conference.

"He's waited a long time for this. I think he's been in the game now for 15 seasons and it's the first grand final that he's going to be involved in.

"I'm really pleased for Gal, he works hard every time he pulls on the jersey and he's given a lot to the Cronulla club over many years.

"I'm sure he'll be sitting back in his house tonight really proud of their team's achievements and looking forward to the week.

"We're good mates, we've played in the Australian team together now for a long time and we're really good mates. We'll be trying to do our best for our respective teams on Sunday."

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