Luke Gale’s transfer to Hull FC took almost everyone by surprise when it was announced last Friday night.
The deal was closed in seven days, with Marc Sneyd heading to the Salford Red Devils, whilst Gale penned a one-year deal at the Black and Whites.
The 33-year-old had started his Leeds career superbly, starring in the Rhinos’ Challenge Cup success in 2020, but lost the captaincy midway through the 2021 season by head coach Richard Agar.
The duo had disagreed on something in a team meeting, but Gale has reiterated that that argument had nothing to do with his future at Headingley.
“We cracked on after all that happened,” Gale told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I got back playing and I felt like we were playing some good stuff, and the MCL injury happened (which ruled him out for the rest of the season). The offer came in from Hull, and it was something I wanted to pursue.
“There was no hard feelings with what happened last year. We shook hands and we moved on. I absolutely loved my time there, I met friends who will be friends for life.
“It is what it is, no hard feelings, we just shake hands and move on.
“I won’t be the first or the last to move and I am excited for the new challenge.”
With Leeds bringing in Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin, there were question marks over where Gale’s future lay, but that wasn’t the case for the number seven himself.
“There hadn’t been a chat on that, and that’s not the reason I’m here,” he said.
“I just felt like the opportunity would be better moving on. The Leeds squad is a good squad, and Austin and Sezer are great players.
Rich hadn’t said anything about games, I just felt the opportunity would be better moving on. That was really all there was to it.”