Rochdale Hornets


11th January 2018, 08:00


Lewis Galbraith has been released from his contract by mutual consent

LEWIS Galbraith has been released from his contract with immediate effect to join Batley Bulldogs.

The 23-year-old centre joined Hornets ahead of the 2016 season where he returned from Australia having spent two years playing at Sarina Crocodiles under Alan Kilshaw.

“Trigger”, as he is affectionately known in the rugby league community, made 43 appearances for Hornets in two seasons scoring 16 tries and was integral in the team that triumphed in Toulouse to win the League 1 title.

On his departure Lewis said: “Naturally I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career and testing myself at Batley. I feel that as a player and a person, now is the time for me to move on and develop. I have worked under Alan Kilshaw for four seasons now and he has helped me take my game to a new level but sometimes you get too comfortable and there is a risk of becoming rusty and I don’t want that this season.

“I cannot thank the club enough for the way they have looked after me and from day one I felt welcome here. The supporters are some of the most committed and passionate I’ve ever come across and I thank them for standing by me.

“There were some pretty dark days last year that put a lot of pressure on me and my family and Alan and the board worked tirelessly to help me through it and that is something I will always be grateful for. I have made friends and memories for life at Rochdale and I wish the club the very best of luck in the future.”  

Alan Kilshaw added: “It’s always disappointing to lose a player of Lewis’ quality. I worked with him for four years both in Australia and the UK and have watched his game grow. He will be a big loss to the dressing room and his infectious personality will be difficult to replace but I wish him every success in the future.”