Werribee ruckman Kyle Galloway will make his senior debut for the club when he runs out against Footscray at VU Whitten Oval on Saturday.
The former Sydney rookie-listed player was offered the chance to continue his career at the Tigers after being delisted by the Swans at the end of the 2016 season, but senior coach John Lamont had his eye on the 209cm giant well before that.
“We’d been monitoring his progress in the 2015 season when he was playing with the Murray Bushrangers,” said Lamont.
“We like to try to keep track of potential ruckmen coming through the system.
“We had some early discussions about whether he wanted to move to Melbourne to continue with his footy. Then he was rookie listed by the Sydney Swans at the end of 2015, which was obviously terribly exciting for him and his family.”
Hailing from Deniliquin in southern New South Wales, Galloway spent time with his local club before stints with the Bushrangers and the Shepparton Bears, but he is still very much a developing player, having only taken up football three seasons before being drafted by the Swans.
The 20-year-old suffered some injury setbacks over the preseason but showed good form in Werribee’s practice matches to earn his senior call-up.
“He’s worked really closely with Brad Julier, our ruck coach, who’s also been doing some work with North Melbourne’s rucks, [Todd] Goldstein, [Braydon] Preuss, and Majak Daw,” said Lamont.
“We feel his development in his ruck craft is going well. He’s got to improve his workrate. The ruckmen take a little bit longer, but we’re pleased with where he’s at and looking forward to him making his debut at Whitten Oval tomorrow.”