When former Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale confirmed he would be joining Keighley Cougars in 2023, many were surprised.
Man of Steel winner, Grand Finalist and World Cup Finalist in 2017 as well as a Challenge Cup winner in 2020, seeing Gale in the Championship is a major coup for the Cougars and speaking on the club’s Instagram page Gale explained the decision:
“Just the opportunity to come to Keighley, I have spoken a lot to Rhys who is a great coach from the initial chats and there’s something they’re building that I wanted to be part of and the Championship is an open comp and I wanted to be part of and in a team with great aspirations and a forward thinking team.
“That’s why I made the jump.”
He is certainly enjoying his time there:
“It’s been fantastic so far, training has been really intense. It has kind of surprised me a little, it’s really good, really sharp and we’re going to play some good rugby this year.”
The Championship’s new boys, after an invincible season in League One, have made a real statement through major signings such as the former Man of Steel though he didn’t feature today against Newcastle away from home.
Former Hull KR man Ben Crooks, ex-Leigh Leopards forward Mark Ioane and Sadiq Adebiyi, formerly of Wakefield, did all debut however.
Gale has confirmed that he will be playing in former Cas teammate Jake Webster’s testimonial on Sunday against their former club the Tigers by taking to Twitter to underline his excitement:
“Looking forward to Sunday should be a great turnout for the legend Jake Webster.
“See you all there.”