Galloway signs up with Leeds for 2016

Keith Galloway of the Tigers runs the ball during the round five NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on April 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Keith Galloway of the Tigers runs the ball during the round five NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on April 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Wests Tigers front-rower Keith Galloway will leave the club at the end of the year to take up a deal with Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos.

Galloway joined the club in 2006 — the year after the joint venture's inaugural premiership — and has played more than 160 games for them.

During his 10-year tenure at the black, white and orange, the fiery red-headed prop also represented Australia five times and played one game for NSW.

The 29-year-old said he would now be supporting the club from the other side of the fence.

"The opportunity came up and it's exciting — I have always wanted to get over there at some stage," he told Wests Tigers TV.

"It's a chance for a different lifestyle and to experience something different while we are still a young family.

"This is my 10th year at club and I've done a lot of things in my life while I've been here.

Keith Galloway of the Tigers takes on the defence during the round two NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Wests Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium on March 16, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Keith Galloway of the Tigers takes on the defence during the round two NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Wests Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium on March 16, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

"I love the place and I'll be a fan for life now.

"The Tigers will be my family's club in the NRL for years to come."

Coach Jason Taylor paid tribute to the veteran.

"Keith has become not only a favourite among our fans but also with our playing group and staff during his time at the club," he said.

"Since I started at Wests Tigers last year, Keith has been the ultimate professional in every aspect.

"He has been offered a great opportunity to play overseas and we are all really excited for him."

Acting chief executive Phil Moss also praised Galloway's contribution to the club.

"I would like to thank Keith for his tireless services for Wests Tigers — both on and off the field," he said.

"Keith has achieved plenty in the game, but I also want to acknowledge some great work in the community that he has done over the years.

"The opportunity with Leeds is a good one for himself and his young family. We wish him all the best once he departs at season's end."