Hull FC halfback Luke Gale was once hailed by Castleford Tigers fans as he ran riot between 2015 and 2017.
The wily playmaker helped guide the West Yorkshire side to their first ever Super League Grand Final in 2017, just two weeks after having his appendix out.
It was an incredible and cruel twist of fate and though Gale couldn’t help the Tigers to victory over Leeds Rhinos that year, his influence over the Castleford side was huge.
After spending most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons on the sidelines through injury, the former Bradford Bulls man made the move to Leeds ahead of the 2020 season.
There, Gale slotted over the winning drop goal to help Leeds win the Challenge Cup Final – something which he will forever be remembered for.
Things, of course, turned a tad sour in 2021 when the halfback was stripped of the captaincy by then head coach Richard Agar and he moved to Hull for 2022 on a one-year deal.
However, Gale was present in the Sky Sports studio as Castleford went down 50-10 and he revealed the major difference between the Tigers and what he found when he went to Headingley.
“I was blown away when I moved from Castleford to Leeds,” Gale said live on Sky Sports.
“The strength in depth that they have in the young lads is phenomenal and you see them progress.
“Jarrod O’Connor has been outstanding and the just have loads of great kids and like for like replacements.”
For now, Gale has been playing in the Black and White jersey of Hull, but Brett Hodgson’s men have endured a difficult season with injuries and suspensions plaguing their year.
It will be interesting to see where the halfback does end up given that he only signed a one-year deal at the MKM Stadium ahead of 2022.