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Podcast: BTR Episode 53 with Keith Galloway

This week’s guest on Behind The Roar is Wests Tigers Player #94 Keith Galloway.

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One of the best props to have pulled on a Wests Tigers jersey, Galloway played 173 games for Wests Tigers over 10 seasons after joining the club from Cronulla Sharks in 2006.

An old-fashioned prop who had a cult following in his heyday, Galloway reflects on the good times and the tough times in his days at the Wests Tigers. 

Still in great shape, the heavily tattooed big fella explains how he still misses playing the game, but says it helps having a big group of ex-NRL players as current workmates.

He talks of the camaraderie of his playing days, his life post football, his brief experiment with an acting career, and his love of Leichhardt Oval.

Galloway enjoyed some really good years in a team which fell narrowly short of the grand final on a couple of occasions, and which regularly pressed for the top-eight.

He also talks about the latter years in his time at the Tigers when things weren’t going so smoothly, so he knows a thing or two about the pressure that mounts during a losing streak.

Galloway in action against the Raiders in 2012
Galloway in action against the Raiders in 2012

Offering some sage advice to the current group of Wests Tigers, he says to ignore the outside noise, and keep working hard.

“You’ve just got to keep it between these four walls, you just got to work at it together,” said Galloway.

“You can't listen to too much outside noise. You start reading all these headlines, all these people on social media hammering you, things like that.

“You just got to stick together, keep turning up. I know it's hard. I've been there.

The only way out is to stay positive, keep believing and keep working hard.

Keith Galloway

Galloway doubled down on those who are relentless with their criticism of the group.

“As long as the effort's there, the supporters will be proud," he said.

“Some of these media outlets, there's blokes on TV that I don't think they've even played the game and they're throwing barbs at the boys and things like that.

“They're just like parasites. My advice is to not let them rattle you.

“Keep believing and keep working hard.”

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