With Luke Gale being stripped of the captaincy and dropped from the squad for last week’s clash against Salford, the rumour mill has since gone into overdrive.
A number of theories have popped up as to where Gale’s future lies and, whilst Leeds boss Richard Agar has refused to be drawn onto such speculation, others have taken it into their own hands to try and put two-and-two together.
But, if the halfback did leave Leeds, which clubs should try to sign him?
Wakefield have had trouble in the halves for a number of years now and, though Jacob Miller and Mason Lino have started to gel, a firing Luke Gale would be more than welcome at Belle Vue. With experience on his side, as well as a Challenge Cup winning medal, Gale could become the general that Trinity have needed ever since Danny Brough left.
It would be a weird situation, but stranger things have happened. Castleford haven’t replaced the maverick since he left at the end of 2019, with Jake Trueman and Danny Richardson struggling for form after a number of injuries. Gale knows the Castleford club inside out having spent the best moments of his career at the Jungle, with both club and player seemingly a perfect fit.
With Jordan Abdull signed up for the foreseeable future, a secure halfback partner could be the difference between being a play-off side and one just hunting the top six. That partner could well be Luke Gale; with youngsters Mikey Lewis and Matty Storton waiting in the wings, Gale would provide superb guidance and help bring them through.
The most surprising option would be St Helens, but they have just lost Theo Fages for the season and are likely to lose him at the end of the year. That leaves Lewis Dodd and Jack Welsby, the latter in particular has been impressive when given the chance, but are they both ready to nail down the halfback spot just yet? A period of about two years would enable both to reach the top of their game and the input of Gale would certainly help their development.