Australian former Test ace Keith Galloway says he has been stunned by how big a club Leeds Rhinos are.
The 30-year-old has been in the city since the end of last month and is due to make his Rhinos debut in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day.
Galloway, who spent 13 years at NRL outfit Wests Tigers before moving to Super League, admitted: “I knew Leeds was a big club when I signed for the Rhinos, but I probably didn’t comprehend just how big the club is, especially within the city of Leeds.
“There is so much support within the city for the club and it is awesome to be part of that now and hopefully bring some more success.”
Galloway, known as Big Red, said he is counting down the hours until Saturday’s 11.30am kick-off.
“Playing in front of the Rhinos fans was a big draw card for me to come to this club,” he revealed.
“I watched the boys in action last year on the television and the atmosphere here for a game is unreal.
“It is really exciting for me to get the chance to play in front of them for the first time on Boxing Day.
“It has been a long time since I played a game back in the NRL because the Tigers didn’t make the play-offs and I am looking forward to working on my fitness and blowing off some cobwebs on Boxing Day.”
Of preparations for Rhinos’ opening pre-season fixture, Galloway added: “It has been a bit more exciting this week in training.
“We have been working hard, but the fact we know there is a game at the end of the week has given everyone a lift and personally I can’t wait to play alongside the boys.”