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McDermott: We're the underdogs

Leeds Rhinos coach, Brian McDermott, says his sides will be the underdogs when they face North Queensland Cowboys at Headingley on Sunday evening.

Brian McDermott says Leeds Rhinos are underdogs against North Queensland Cowboys Credit: Press Association

Despite the chance the Rhinos could be comes the first club ever to win four World Club titles, a poor start to the season, coupled with an ever growing injury list means McDermott doesn't think it will be an easy ride for Leeds.

Those injuries mean McDermott will field the inexperienced Jordan Lilley, while Liam Sutcliffe will play at half back:

They're both highly regarded within our squad and we hope they'll go on and become regulars within our team, and we'll see how they go this weekend.

They're excited as you can be and are really pumped about this.

– Brian McDermott

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Galloway looking forward to latest challenge

Australian international Keith Galloway says he is looking forward to the latest challenge in his career as he prepares to play his first game for Leeds Rhinos tomorrow , in the Boxing Day "Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge" against Wakefield Wildcats at Headingley Carnegie .

Australian international Keith Galloway makes his debut for Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Galloway played 13 years in the NRL before deciding to head to the Super League Champions this season. The man known as 'Big Red' has already made a big impression on everyone he has met and he admits the city of Leeds and the Rhinos supporters have already reassured him he made the right choice.

"Playing in front of the Rhinos fans was a big draw card for me to come to this club.

"I watched the boys in action last year on the television and the atmosphere here for a game is unreal and it is really exciting for me to get the chance to play in front of them for the first time on Boxing Day.

"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.

– Keith Galloway, Leeds Rhinos

The former Wests Tigers star will start at prop on Boxing Day against Wakefield and he admits he is looking forward to getting into action.

"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.

"It has been a bit more exciting this week in training. We have been working hard but the fact that 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."

– Keith Galloway, Leeds Rhinos

The Boxing Day "Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge" between Leeds Rhinos and the Wakefield Wildcats at Headingley Carnegie, kicks-off at 11.30am.

Rhinos new signings named in Boxing Day clash

Leeds Rhinos have named their two new Australian signings in the side which will take on Wakefield in The Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge on Boxing Day.

New signing Keith Galloway Credit: Press Association

Beau Falloon and Keith Galloway are both set to make their first appearance for the club in the friendly against the Wildcats at Headingley Stadium on Saturday.

Beau Falloon is set to make his debut on Boxing Day Credit: Press Association

Pre-season training has been going well and we are in a good position to name a strong team for Boxing Day. I am sure our fans will be keen to see Keith and Beau in action for the first time.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach

All change for Rhinos front row 2016

Following the retirement of Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock, Champions Leeds Rhinos will kick off the new season with two new names on the iconic number eight and ten prop shirts.

Those numbers have been synonymous with some of the most popular players in the club’s history down the years and now crowd favourite Adam Cuthbertson and new signing Keith Galloway will get the opportunity to stamp their own mark on the history books.

Cuthbertson becomes only the fourth player to wear the number ten shirt in the Super League era. He follows Mike Forshaw (1996), Barrie McDermott (1997-2005) and Jamie Peacock (2006-2015).

Galloway joins the Rhinos from NRL side Wests Tigers on a three year contract. The 30-year-old gained five caps with Australia in 2011 and has made one State of Origin appearance for New South Wales. He has made over 200 NRL appearances for Wests and Cronulla Sharks since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2003.

It is a huge honour and privilege to be awarded the ten shirt after the legend that is Jamie Peacock. Last season was incredible for me in my first year at the club and I am so excited about the potential for this group of players next season. We have recruited well with Anthony Mullally, Jordan Baldwinson and Keith Galloway all coming in to strengthen our pack and Beau Falloon arriving from the Gold Coast. On top of that we have got some great youngsters who will help drive us on. There is a huge appetite within the squad to build on last season and I am very much looking forward to being part of that.

– Adam Cuthbertson
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