Keighley Cougars have impressed the rugby league community with a series of impressive signings ahead of 2023 as they head into the Championship season after proving to be unbeaten in 2022 in League One.
They have signed former Man of Steel and ex-Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC star Luke Gale after bringing in Ben Crooks from Hull KR and others from Leigh Leopards and Wakefield Trinity in a swoop for Super League talent.
This has left many questioning how the club pulled off this amazing business?
Now fans could get their answers at a fan forum at the club on 6th January.
🗣️ Fans forum will take place at Cougar Park on Friday 6th January at 8pm.
❓ Supporters can pre-submit questions to help the evening move quickly.
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However, Gale has somewhat explained his move already saying: “I feel that this will be a great fit for me.
“I want to come here to Keighley and help these lads compete within the Championship and with the squad we have got, we will definitely be pushing at the right end of the table.
“Things have been a bit different for me this season as it is the first team that I have ever gone into a pre-season without a deal at a club.
“I made the decision to train by myself and give myself a couple months out of Rugby League after playing and training for 14 straight seasons.
“I have been training at Driven Athlete with Chris Black and as a result have bumped into Rhys Lovegrove quite often.
“When I’ve spoken to Chris, as I know Blacky quite well, he told me that I would really enjoy myself if I signed for Keighley.
“I’ve met and spoken with Rhys a few times now and he is one of the best young coaches within the game right now and we just clicked straight away.
“And that came of the back of last season which for me wasn’t a good year both personally and from a team point of view.
“But I am in a different stage of my career now and not getting any younger.
“I began my career at this level of the game with Doncaster and feel that I have now come full circle, and I can’t wait to see what the Championship brings this season as there isn’t one standout team and it will be a tough league.”