13th September 2017, 14:12
KILSHAW AND GALBRAITH TO TEAM UP AGAIN
Lewis Galbraith will once again work with Alan Kilshaw in 2018, as he has penned a contract extension with the club.
Lewis Galbraith has become the latest player to re-sign with Rochdale Hornets for the 2018 season, as next year’s squad begins to take shape.
The Oldham born centre made his debut on dual registration in 2014 against Workington Town, scoring twice in five Championship games.
After a year in Australia with Sarina Crocodiles, Galbraith returned to play a part in the Hornets promotion back to the Championship in 2016.
Alan Kilshaw was in charge of Sarina during his time down under, and admits he can be a handful at times.
“I’m not sure I can handle him for a third year in a row,” he joked.
“He’s a great bloke, good to have around the place and a quality player.
“He has come on leaps and bounds, he is one of the best trainers in the gym and he has now converted his training into consistent performances.
“I’m very pleased and proud of how far he has kicked on.”
It has been a fruitful season for Galbraith, scoring seven times to take his total for the club to 14, but it hasn’t been without controversy.
He was accused, and initially banned, for an abuse charge by the RFL during the Summer Bash game with Oldham, before a successful appeal gave him the justice he deserved.
Kilshaw was impressed with his response to the allegations and the maturity he showed when facing Oldham after his appeal.
“I was pleased with how he conducted himself throughout the problems even seeking out Sam Gee after an Oldham game to shake hands.”
With a full year of Championship rugby under his belt, Kilshaw is expecting his to kick-on once more and feels opponents will single him out as a threat.
“I expect him to kick-on in 2018 after a good campaign this year,” he continued.
“I’m sure he will be on teams tip sheets as a threat so he needs to manage that expectation and the greater challenges he will face, but I’m confident he will.”