Today one of Super League’s biggest stars of recent years will make his debut for one of the Championship’s newest team.
Former Man of Steel winner at Castleford Tigers, a Challenge Cup Final hero at Leeds Rhinos, Luke Gale will debut for Keighley Cougars tonight after joining from Hull FC.
The Cougars were unbeaten in the league in 2022 as they earned promotion but tonight take on the favourites for Super League promotion Featherstone Rovers.
The game kicks off at 19:45 at Cougar Park today.
You can watch the game live on Viaplay TV from 19:15. This is the renamed Premier Sports channel. You can also watch the game on the app or online.
For those down under the game will also be shown on Fox.
Keighley have named other debutants like former Wakefield Trinity man Sadiq Adebiyi, ex-Hull KR star Ben Crooks and former Leigh Leopards prop Mark Ioane.
Dane Chisholm is also set to feature after making the mid-season move from Featherstone last season so he will come up against his former side today.
📢 | Rhys Lovegrove has named his 21 man squad to take on Featherstone Rovers on Monday night!
👁️ | Who are you looking forward to seeing play?
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— Keighley (C)ougars (@Cougarmania) February 3, 2023
For Featherstone, new boss could give full debuts to the likes of ex-Wigan Warriors centre Chris Hankinson, on loan Warrington Wolves halfback Riley Dean, fellow new halfback Thomas Lacans, forwards Mathieu Cozza and McKenzie Yei and ex-Wakefield Trinity winger Kyle Evans.
Former Leigh fullback Caleb Aekins could also debut.
However it is likely not all will feature such is the depth of Long’s squad.
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— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) February 4, 2023