Bradford Bulls have made a number of major signings going into 2023 as they look to make a real push for promotion and a first return to Super League since their relegation in 2014.
The Bulls have signed Leeds Rhinos duo Bodene Thompson and Jack Walker. Walker is still the youngest ever Super League Champion after winning the Grand Final at just 18 and a few months.
They are joined by Huddersfield Giants veteran Michael Lawrence, Rugby League World Cup star Keven Appo, and the signing of Chester Butler.
However, it seems the Bulls aren’t finished with their signings.
Coach Mark Dunning said they could announce a signing this week and have a number of things “in the pipeline.”
So, the Bulls are not done making big signings but who could be the next name added to the Bradford squad in 2023?
There are plenty of big name free agents still looking for a club in 2023.
These include former Lance Todd trophy winner Tony Gigot who has left Toulouse Olympique as well as his former Toulouse teammate and former Huddersfield Giants hooker James Cunningham.
Meanwhile, former Wakefield Trinity winger Kyle Evans is keen on finding a club after a superb Rugby League World Cup tournament and a strong debut season at Belle Vue.
But perhaps the biggest unsigned name is Luke Gale.
The former Man of Steel who has shone at Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC ever since he left Bradford Bulls in 2014 following their relegation.
It would be apt if he returned to Odsal and guided the club back to Super League.
But would be the signing the Bulls will make?
They already have some quality in their halves in the shape of ex-Leeds Rhinos Jordan Lilley and ex-Warrington Wolves Dec Patton, the Bulls had struggles with injuries in the halves last year having to play hooker Sam Hallas there.
Thus, bringing in Gale would give them more depth to the halves but having someone of his calibre is not something a club chasing promotion should avoid doing if it can be done.
Gale is no stranger to returning to former clubs re-signing for Leeds Rhinos after coming through their academy.
So, a return to the Bulls would not be out of the question and it seems a match made in heaven.
It would also enable the Bulls to cash in on his previous playing time with Jack Walker at Leeds.
Gale and Walker is a Super League calibre pairing within a spine that could even make them favourites for promotion despite the calibre of Featherstone Rovers’ squad and that of Toulouse going into 2023.
Halifax Panthers should not be discounted.
But yes, Gale could very well be one of the Bulls’ signings prior to 2023 whether he or someone else is the one revealed this week remains to be seen or could he be one of the ones “in the pipe line.”