He’s only just moved to the MKM Stadium, but Luke Gale has been up against it in 2022.
With Castleford Tigers’ Jake Trueman expected to complete a deal at the Black and Whites, it leaves Hull with just Ben McNamara in the wings, though Hull have been linked with a deal for Newcastle Knights livewire Tex Hoy.
Gale had been previously linked with a coaching role at the MKM Stadium after his agent had sown the seeds last year.
His agent, Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK, revealed on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast towards the back end of last year that security following rugby league playing life was important in getting the deal over the line.
Gale signed a one-year contract at Hull with the option of more further down the line after still having a year left on his Leeds Rhinos deal before making the move.
“They’ve made it clear that there is some coaching capacity at Hull when he’s finished and that was important from a friend and agent’s perspective,” Harrison said.
“We’ve left it open to pretty much sit together after a year and the discuss what’s ahead.”
It remains to be seen whether Gale will go round again, but his experience could prove key in the backroom staff especially after enduring a difficult season on the field in 2022.
The halfback has been banned a number of times – the longest for a kick out at Jonny Lomax which lumbered Gale with a five-match suspension – and has struggled with form on the field, which even led to head coach Brett Hodgson leaving him out of the side on one occasion.
That being said, Gale is a born competitor and the former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers playmaker would be a real asset to another Super League side on the field.
Wakefield Trinity’s Jacob Miller is being linked with a move to the Tigers whilst Mason Lino continues to be linked with Wigan Warriors, but Gale’s future is still yet to be resolved.
And, aged 34, it will likely be his last contract with the playmaker being linked with a surprise move to Wakefield.