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Young Tigers striker Lachlan Galvin told team-mates he “can’t wait to get out” of the club after their defeat to the Dragons as he demanded an immediate release, it has emerged.

The management of the 18-year-old reportedly demanded the release of their client, unhappy with the club’s management due to the fracture of his arm, which he has been struggling with for three weeks.

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Meanwhile, CEO Shane Richardson has made it clear he will reject any move for Galvin’s release and is said to be open to offering a contract extension and upgrade.

Now Phil Rothfield of the Daily Telegraph has questioned the club’s stance amid their efforts to offload other players currently under contract with the Tigers.

“Lachie Galvin and Stefano Utoikamanu believe their games are not developing as they should with the re-coaching and overall development of the Tigers,” Rothfield said on NRL360 on Monday.

“They told me that they would both be willing to take less money to join a stronger team.

“Benji is a rookie coach, they simply think they would be more suitable (elsewhere). Shane Richardson said I won’t let you go.

“I think that’s a bit rough, Richardson has been in England for weeks trying to get rid of players he doesn’t want like Jayden Sullivan, Brent Naden.

“He’s trying to get rid of contract players, but he doesn’t want to do the same thing (here).”

NRL360 host Braith Anasta described Galvin as “the future of the club”, while Australia’s Brent Read played down Rothfield’s claims.

“There is nothing they can do about (Utoikamanu) because he will probably be a free agent at the end of the year,” he said.

“Galvin can and Richo rightly says you can’t go anywhere because this club allowed James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Aaron Woods to leave the club seven years ago.

“They never got over it, so now you want to tell your best young lad, the 18-year-old, your future, ‘you can go’.”

But for Rothfield, the lure of rival clubs in a stronger position could see Galvin leave the Tigers, who are struggling and winless since Round 4.

The Panthers and Roosters are reportedly monitoring the young striker’s situation as both clubs lose high-profile players after the 2024 season.

“After the game against St George in Wollongong he was walking around the sheds … telling everyone he couldn’t wait to get out, that’s how I got the story,” Rothfield said.

“He’s been telling everybody … if you’re an 18-year-old boy and you’ve had the opportunity to go to Ivan Cleary, Trent Robinson … anybody, all I’m saying is Wests Tigers are an absolute debacle at the moment.

“I understand that concern.”

Anasta Galvin’s actions are not a “great look” and believes he should do everything he can to repay the Tigers for giving him a chance.

The teenager was the light until 2024, but Anasta warned that perceptions can change quickly.

“They’ve given Jim an opportunity when other clubs might not because he’s a young lad,” he said.

“Benji has backed him and given him a chance. He might not be in that position where he’s being chased by clubs (without the Tigers).

“He’s a young guy that you should really focus on…. even though you’ve got to protect the kid as well, it’s not a good look if he gets the chance.

Then all of a sudden he says ‘I don’t want out’ after a few defeats. You have to be tough, you don’t want to be known for walking around the sheds.”

Originally published as ‘Can’t wait to get out’: Lachie Galvin shocks exchange call amid release request

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