Leeds Rhinos prop Keith Galloway has today announced his immediate retirement from top level rugby league.
The Australian forward joined Leeds ahead of the 2016 season on a three-year deal but spent much of his time in England on the sidelines due to two separate Achilles tendon injuries. Galloway made 42 appearances for the Rhinos, scoring two tries.
Galloway has not made an appearance for the Rhinos since suffering his second Achilles injury in a game against Hull FC on 14th July 2017, and has spent the early weeks of the new season recovering in his homeland while the Rhinos played their opening games.
In his statement, the 32-year old said “I haven’t decided yet if I will play on at some level”, but he now looks to have signed for Australian amateur side Oakdale Workers after the club posted on Facebook to announce the signing of the ex-Cronulla Sharks, West Tigers prop and Kangaroo’s prop.
On his decision to retire from professional rugby league, Galloway told the Rhinos website: “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 onto the next chapter of my life. I haven’t decided yet if I will play on at some level, if possible 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.
“I would like to thank Gary Hetherington and Brian McDermott for giving me the chance to play for Leeds Rhinos and all our backroom staff and players who have supported me throughout my time at the club. I will be backing the boys from here in Australia and will always remain a Rhino.”