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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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Mitch Garbutt commits to Leeds Rhinos

Leeds' Australian forward Mitch Garbutt, who won the Challenge Cup, League Leaders' Shield and Grand Final in his first 14 games in Super League, has been handed a new four-year contract.

The 26-year-old prop joined the Rhinos in mid-season from Brisbane initially on a two-and-half year deal and has now agreed an extension that will keep him at Headingley at least until the end of 2019.

With how everything has panned out this season, I was delighted to sign a new deal and commit my future to the Rhinos. This is the most I have ever enjoyed my footie and I can't wait for next season.

I am looking forward to experiencing the weather this winter during pre-season and I think I will be better for it.

My family and I have adapted well to life over here. We are aiming to settle down in Leeds and we have been made to feel so welcome, not just by the staff and players at the club but also the fans who have been great as well.

– Mitch Garbutt

t is remarkable how well Mitch has fitted into our culture since he arrived here. He deserves a lot of credit for that because of his attitude and professionalism.

The prospect of him having a full pre-season with us is exciting given how well he has settled in since he arrived and I am delighted he has committed his future to the club.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds coach

Rhinos declare interest in Sam Burgess

Super League champions Leeds have confirmed an interest in signing dual-code international Sam Burgess from Bath.

The 26-year-old Yorkshireman returned to training with the Aviva Premiership side on Monday after being given time off following England's disappointing World Cup campaign.

But Burgess, known to be unhappy in rugby union, has been tipped to cut short his stay in the 15-man code and return to his old NRL club South Sydney.

However, the Rhinos have also been linked with an audacious move and chief executive Gary Hetherington on Tuesday revealed for the first time that he has spoken to Bath about the availability of the former Bradford Bulls forward.

Burgess was unable to make an impression at the World Cup. Credit: Press Association

Burgess is just 12 months into a three-year contract at Bath but Hetherington says Leeds are willing and able to pay a transfer fee, especially after elite clubs voted this summer to introduce a marquee player rule into the salary-cap regulations to attract a higher calibre of player into Super League.

A product of the Dewsbury Moor amateur club, Burgess is a cult hero at Souths after defying a fractured cheekbone in the first tackle of the match to help them win the 2014 NRL Grand Final in his last appearance.

Rhinos find a replacement for departing Aiton

Leeds Rhinos have signed Gold Coast Titans hooker Beau Falloon for the 2016 season.

The 28-year-old joins the Treble winning side on a one year deal following the announcement that Paul Aiton will join the Catalans Dragons next year.

Beau Falloon Credit: DAN PELED/AAP/Press Association Images

We are pleased to have signed a player with the experience that Beau has. He has been playing in the NRL for eight seasons and, having spoken to him, I know he is very excited about the challenge of coming to England and playing with the Rhinos. We obviously lost Paul Aiton for a long period this season and it will be good to have more options in our squad for next season and Beau certainly offers that as we look to build on our achievements in 2015."

– Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDerott

Sinfield to miss out on one final Rhinos appearance

Leeds will field nine members of their Grand Final-winning team against the New Zealand tourists at Headingley on Friday but Kevin Sinfield will not be among them.

Credit: Press Association

The Rhinos' record-breaking captain has been ruled out with a hand injury sustained in the win over Wigan at Old Trafford 12 days ago which means that his rugby league career is officially at an end as he prepares to switch codes with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Jamie Peacock is also missing from the Leeds team but fellow front rower Kylie Leuluai, who is also retiring, will play one final game before hanging up his boots.

Auckland-born Leuluia, who defied a heart condition to help the Rhinos complete the treble, will line up alongside former Leeds legends Ali Lauitiiti and Adrian Morley who are returning to make one final appearance in blue and amber.

Back-row forwards Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett and hooker Rob Burrow are also ruled out through injury while Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins are on England duty but Rhinos fans will get a first chance to see new signing Anthony Mullally.

Leeds are expecting a near-capacity crowd, with the South Stand and CarnegieStand terrace sold out and fewer than 1,000 tickets left for the Western Terrace along with around 100 restricted view seats.

The Rhinos expect to beat their highest attendance of 2015 of 18.514 for the visit of St Helens in July.

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