There was a time when Castleford Tigers were playing the most exciting brand of rugby league in their history.
The year was 2017 and the Tiger threw off all competition to sit pretty at the top of the Super League table for the first time ever, reaching their maiden Grand Final before eventually losing to Leeds Rhinos.
That season, however, etched Castleford firmly into the history books and one of those key men for the West Yorkshire club was Luke Gale.
Joining the Tigers in 2015, the diminutive halfback quickly became one of the most influential playmakers in the top flight, winning games single-handedly with his boot and inspiring those around him to play at the top of their game.
Gale, a guest on the Sky Sports punditry team on Friday night as the Tigers swept aside Huddersfield Giants, recalls that his former head coach Daryl Powell had ‘beef’ with ex-Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane.
It follows comments made during the week by current Wigan head coach Matt Peet after Warrington – now led by Powell – signed youngster Matty Nicholson.
Peet revealed he ‘couldn’t understand’ Nicholson’s decision and went on to blast Warrington’s academy production before Powell hit back labelling Peet’s comments as ‘not very good.’
Gale, however, fondly remembers Powell’s own ‘beef’ in his time at Castleford.
“It was fighting talk, he’s a great young kid and Matt Peet is probably frustrated to lose a talent like that,” Gale said.
“Matt Peet is disappointed but it’s a good coup for Warrington.
“Every time we played Wigan there was always a bit of beef – he brought it into the game, the players never had beef it was just Powelly with Shaun Wane!”
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke believes that the comments by the two coaches harms nothing.
“Maybe we need to increase the potential pool but that is fighting talk and sport thrives on rivalry,” Clarke said.
“Warrington travel to Wigan at the start of August so that will be tastier than usual.”