“He could have played” – Applegarth reveals real reason why Luke Gale didn’t play against Hull FC

Luke Gale was left out tonight as Wakefield Trinity lost to his former club Hull FC.

Coach Mark Applegarth warned before the game that Gale might not play due to the performance of Morgan Smith against Warrington Wolves the week before.

Speaking on Sky Sports however Gale himself revealed he had an injury.

He said:

“It was a tweak in my groin so I was no good for last week.

“If I’d have pushed it then maybe I’d have made it back but it’s a quick turnaround and it would also be disrespectful to Morgan Smith who I thought was our best player last week, he was outstanding along with a couple of others.

“It’s a bit of both, as I say I thought Morgan was great

However, after the game Wakefield boss Applegarth confirmed he could have played but he elected to go with Smith insteadL

“Gale could have played today. His groin got tight before the game but it was nothing that ruled him out.

“I just thought Morgan Smith was really impressive last week and I have always honest with my players that if they are playing well they’ll keep the shirt.”

He confirmed that though he can’t play against Leigh Leopards next week because he is cup tied, he is fit and available:

“He’s cup tied. But he is fit and available.”

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