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John Kear and Kevin Brown give their honest opinions on Luke Gale transfer

It’s only days since Wakefield Trinity announced the shock signing of Luke Gale from Keighley Cougars.

The former Man of Steel and Leeds Rhinos skipper joins on a deal until 2024 and is tasked with guiding Wakefield away from relegation.

Trinity are yet to win and struggling for points having been nilled five times.

Gale’s signing divided opinion but former Wakefield boss John Kear has backed him to turn things around.

“He’ll bring exactly what Wakefield want. He’ll bring an element of structure and organisation,” he said on BBC Five Live.

“I think they’ve got some strike but in an unstructured way, I don’t feel they’ve found their identity in how they want to attack.

“I think this is a really inspired signing, particularly so with Hull being their second game because I think he’ll have a point to prove there to some of the people over in Hull.

“I think it might kickstart Wakefield’s season and because of my emotional attachment to Wakefield, I hope it does.

“It will then make Super League more interesting for the middle and final third of the season.”

Former Super League halfback Kevin Brown wholeheartedly agreed: “He gives their attack a foil for Mason Lino. They’ve been so poor with the ball but Galey will bring ideas.

“He knows how to attack and how he wants to and he’ll give space to other players. I think sometimes with him you can’t see how good he is. It might not be him scoring the try or making a break, but creating the space and opportunities for others.

“I think Mason Lino’s game will go through the roof now.

“Leadership as well is what Gale will bring, whether or not it’s a year or two too late for him to put this team on his back and carry them out of relegation, I’m not too sure. It is a really big ask.

“I think teams like Castleford and Hull are getting a little bit stronger but it’s definitely a boost and it’s exciting for those Wakefield fans who don’t have much to cheer about at the minute.”

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