Luke Gale drops retirement bombshell

Former Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers halfback Luke Gale has had a long and illustrious career.

The halfback came through the Leeds Rhinos academy but with Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield in the halves, Gale left the club permanently in pursuit of first team rugby.

He went down the leagues to make his name before joining Harlequins.

In 2012, Gale joined Bradford Bulls where he nearly led the club to the play-offs despite the financial issues at Odsal.

In the end, Bradford suffered relegation in 2014 and Gale would make a career defining move to Castleford Tigers.

He played his best rugby at the Jungle claiming the Man of Steel in 2017 as Castleford won their first ever League Leaders’ Shield.

In 2020, he enjoyed his dream move to Leeds with Gale returning to his childhood club going onto captain the club to the Challenge Cup.

Now at Wakefield Trinity, Gale has confirmed that he will play on in 2024 but asked on the Out of Your league Podcast if 2024 will be his final year, Gale said: “Yeah, it has to be. It has to be, really.

“You’d have to see how the body is.”

Gale revealed a desire to go into coaching as he said:

“I want to coach. Only as you get older you realize how much you love it and I think I’ve got a lot to offer as a coach. I’ve been under some great coaches,

“Even trying to help Mash a bit this year, because Mash obviously didn’t have an assistant. He did such a great job, and I know you only see a team get relegated, but he’s a good guy, he’s a real good guy.

“You want to pursue something different. I suppose that when I look this is what I know and I think of coaches I’ve had, if I can implement a little bit from each one.

“So that’s something definitely I want to do, that was actually in the Hull contract I had a coach in some form.”

Gale will hope to guide Wakefield back to Super League in 2024 alongside Daryl Powell.