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Garner: No better ground than Leichhardt

Luke Garner has mixed emotions ahead of his final game for the club but is excited about saying farewell at Leichhardt Oval.

Garner returns to the side at centre after missing last weekend's loss to the Dragons following a head injury against the Roosters. 

“When it’s a full house it’s just the best, it really feels like the fans are on the field with you," Garner said ahead of Sunday afternoon's game.

In my opinion, there’s no better place to play than at Leichhardt Oval." 

Luke Garner

“I hope there’s a lot of people there, looking out into the crowd, come Sunday”.

Garner has mixed emotions leaving the club he made his NRL debut for in 2018, after initially joining Wests Tigers’ feeder club, Western Suburbs Magpies, in 2017. 

“It is a bit upsetting, it only dawned on me this week that this’ll be the last time I get to train with the guys and enjoy the club and everyone that’s in it.”

“I’m really enjoying the new facilities, so I’ll definitely be making the most of them while I’m here”.

“I might come and train down here in the off-season to soak it all up.”

While the 2022 season has been disappointing for Wests Tigers, Garner explained that the club’s future is looking bright and he’s excited to see what they can achieve in years to come. 

I’ve been here for five or six years now but the club is definitely in a position to make strong progress in the coming years."

Luke Garner

"With the new Centre of Excellence, the young talent coming through, and the new coaching additions next season, the club is in a good spot to have a lot of success in the years to come.”

Garner is nominated for the Ken Stephen Medal - Man of the Year for his community work, with the winner to be announced at the 2022 NRL Grand Final.

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