Leeds Rhino’s Australian forward Keith Galloway has retired from elite level rugby league with immediate effect.
Galloway, 32, is currently suffering from an Achilles injury sustained last July and was unlikely to play for the club until the latter stages of this season but, following discussions with both his family and the club, has elected to make the difficult decision to call and end to his time with the Rhinos.
Speaking of his time with the West Yorkshire giants, the five time Australian international prop said that “I have loved being part of this fantastic club. I have made friendships that will last forever and I have enjoyed living in Leeds.” Furthermore, the former Wests Tiger thanked both head coach Brian McDermott and Gary Hetherington for giving him the opportunity to play for the club.
McDermott himself explained that “Keith was able to come and speak to the boys himself whilst we were in Melbourne and it was important for him to do that. He has been a fantastic member of our squad over the last three years.” He also added a testament to Galloway’s ability to come back after injury and, despite only scoring two tries for the club in his forty three appearances, the Aussie was viewed by the Rhinos’ fans as a player who did the dirty work in the middle and made the ground that laid the platform for other players to work from.
He is a player the club will be looking to replace with Hetherington explaining that “we are actively looking to replace him as a senior player in our squad. However that will only be if the right candidate becomes available.”
Finally, McDermott added that “we are sad to see him go but he leaves with our best wishes for the future with his young family back home in Australia.”