Keith Galloway retires from rugby league

Former Wests Tigers current Leeds Rhinos forward Keith Galloway has today announced his retirement from rugby league with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old is currently recovering from an achilles injury suffered in last year’s Super League season, and will end his career with 252 career games to his name.

A junior representative standout with appearances for the NSW U/17’s and U/19’s, as well as the Australian Schoolboys, Galloway made his first-grade debut with the Cronulla Sharks in 2003 despite still being in high school at the time. He would go on to play 37 games for the Sharks through to the end of the 2005 season — which included his first finals appearance — before joining Wests Tigers in 2006.

It was at Wests Tigers that the powerful prop’s career took off, with senior representative honours soon following the man affectionately known as “Big Red”.

In 2009, Galloway made his representative debut with City Origin and was in line to feature in the State of Origin series for New South Wales before suffering an injury. He would eventually make his Blues debut in the 2011 series — a season that culminated in his selection in the Kangaroos end-of-year squad. 

Alongside teammate Chris Lawrence, Galloway would play five Tests for Australia — becoming the first Wests Tigers prop chosen to play for the green and gold.

He was also awarded the Noel Kelly Medal for the Best Forward at Wests Tigers.

After missing out on playing for Scotland at the 2013 World Cup with injury, Galloway became just the second prop forward to play 150 games for Wests Tigers in Round 21 of the 2014 season.

He would sign for Leeds for the start of the 2016 season, playing 42 games for Rhinos in his two seasons that ended with him crowned a Super League champion in 2017.

Wests Tigers would like to thank Keith for his tremendous service to the club over a decade of his career, and wish him all the best in life after football.

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