Galloway pays tribute to Ellis

Leeds Rhinos prop Keith Galloway has paid tribute to his former Wests Tigers team mates Gareth Ellis ahead of potentially Ellis final appearance at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night.
Prior to last Saturday’s historic back to back Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory, Hull FC captain Ellis announced this season would be his last before hanging up his boots.
The 36-year-old, who recently made his 450th Super League appearance, made his debut in 1999. He will take on the football manager role at the club when he retires.
Ellis started his career with Wakefield before spells with Leeds Rhinos and NRL side Wests Tigers.
Galloway says Ellis’ commitment to test himself against in the NRL was something that gained him admirers Down Under. He added, “He came out of his comfort zone when he was coming into the peak of his powers in Super league. The easy option would have been to stay in Super League but he came to Australia to test himself and proved he was world class.
“You knew he was not going to let you down, he puts everything into every run in every single game. When he did come back to England, when he finished at the Tigers, it was a big loss for the club. We had three or four years when we were competitive and it coincided with his loss that we weren’t able to replace someone as good as that and fell back away from the pack.
“I am good mates with him and when I was looking to come over here, I spoke to Gareth and he had really good things to say about Leeds and spoke about how good it was as a club as well. For someone like him to say that made it the right fit for me and he told me I was coming to a great club,” added the prop.
Galloway is currently sidelined after another serious Achilles injury but he says the experience of last year’s injury has put him in a more positive place this time around. He added, “It is a case of déjà vu for me and it has been mentally tough. I have been through it before and come through the other end. I am doing everything right with my rehab and now looking to be back running in the right time frame. It has helped a lot this time around that the season has still be going, the boys are in and I am around them. The first few weeks were tough but it has been great to see the lads each day. My wife has been great too with our two kids, I don’t have time to think too much about my injury with them running around!”