Galea forced to call it a day


19th July 2013

Hull FC’s Australian forward Ben Galea has announced his retirement with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old second rower had planned to hang up his boots at the end of the season, the 15th of his career, but a torn pectoral muscle sustained in Hull's Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Catalan Dragons in Perpignan last Saturday has prompted him to bring forward his retirement.

Galea made 15 appearances for the Black and Whites after joining them from city rivals Hull KR at the end of last season. He had five seasons at Craven Park and is also a former NRL winner from his three-year spell in Sydney with Wests Tigers.

"This is every player's worst nightmare to have to retire through injury, especially for me personally," Galea said.

"When I decided to play for one more year for Hull FC, I had a huge desire to play really well and end my career on a high.

"I felt great, I felt as though I had another very good season in me and for that to end through injury is gut-wrenching.

"Everybody has dreams of finishing by holding up a trophy and we're in a position at the moment where that's a definite possibility, so that makes it even harder.

"Unfortunately, that's the way it can go in rugby league at times but I'd like to thank all of the supporters from Wests Tigers, Hull KR and Hull FC, the three great clubs I have been fortunate enough to play for."

Galea will undergo surgery next week and remain in East Yorkshire to begin his rehabilitation.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to give off the field," he added. "I'll certainly be sticking around until the end of the season to help out wherever I can."