Galloway bids farewell to Leeds

28 February 2018 10:00:27 EST

Keith Galloway has paid tribute to Leeds Rhinos after being granted a release from his contract to return to Australia.

The 32-year-old has been on the books at Headingley since joining from Wests Tigers in 2016 but has struggled with injuries during his time in Super League.

Two separate Achilles injuries have restricted the front-rower to just 43 appearances for Leeds, while he has not featured in the reigning champions first three games of the season as he works his way back to full fitness.

Galloway was expected to be back in action next month but instead has announced he is retiring from professional rugby league in order to focus on life after sport.

The forward is understood to have signed for Australian lower-league outfit Oakdale Workers in what is likely to be the final chapter of his career but says he will always remember his time at Leeds.

He said: “It has been a tough decision, but I know it is the right one for me and my family.

“Despite my two major injuries at the Rhinos, I have loved being part of this fantastic club. I have made friendships that will last forever and I have enjoyed living in Leeds.

“The time is right for me to move on to the next chapter of my life. I would like to finish my time on the field on my terms, but that will not be as a full time professional now as I look towards a career after rugby.”

For Leeds, life after Galloway should start on Friday when they face Catalan Dragons, although the game is in doubt due to heavy snow showers in the area.

Should the match take place then the Rhinos are 2/9 for the win, while the Dragons are 10/3.

Leeds are 14/1 to win the Super League Grand Final this year.

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