Wests Tigers rookie Lachie Galvin in line to start in halves for season opener

Galvin hails from Campbelltown, was picked up by the Eels in his teens, and played a couple of seasons in Harold Matthews before he was cut loose.

“They told me they didn’t have a spot for me, and I was too small,” Galvin said. “I wasn’t upset. I only had a growth spurt two years ago. I went back to Wests and trialled for the Harold Matts, and we won it the following year [in 2022].”

Galvin as a schoolboy playing for NSW City against Country.Credit: NRL Photos

As for being ready for the NRL in round one, Galvin said: “I’d never say no. Whatever Benji wants me to do, I will do. I’m a running half, I like to play a bit off the cuff. Benji just tod me to play what I see, and be confident with what I do – he told me if I’m going to do something, do it at 100 per cent.”

Galvin was an Eels supporter growing up, and sheepishly admits to being too young to watch Marshall when he was in his element. He was still impressed the coach could put on a step at training, and said, “He’s still at his best, even in his 40s”.


Marshall – who, for the record, is 38 – told this masthead about Galvin: “I’m not afraid to throw any of them in. That’s why I’m the coach. The trials and pre-season will dictate which way we go.

“Just because you’re 18 means nothing. If you’re good enough you’re old enough. He’s a really good kid.”

Sullivan admits to occasionally being a “fan boy” when it comes to Marshall.

“‘Bud’ [Sullivan] might be getting carried away, and the times I’m yelling and screaming at him, I don’t think he sees me as a fan boy then,” Marshall said.

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