Luke Gale signed a one-year deal at Hull FC ahead of the 2022 Super League season, hoping to win some silverware at the back end of his career.
Gale had only two major trophies in his rugby league career – the 2017 League Leaders’ Shield with the Castleford Tigers and the 2020 Challenge Cup Final with the Leeds Rhinos.
But, if Gale was hoping to win something with the Black and Whites in 2022 then he would be sorely mistaken.
Brett Hodgson’s men have been disappointing to say the least this season and now sit in eighth having just won 11 of their 26 games in Super League.
And, Gale has revealed why that has been the case.
“I’m disappointed to be honest I thought we started off pretty well we were fourth for the majority of the year and then spiralled,” Gale said on Sky Sports.
“It’s not been easy but we have ten first grade players missing and we played with 16 fit players yesterday. Chris Satae didn’t come on as he is struggling.
“It’s been disappointing how its spiralled and we couldn’t really get a grip of that.”
Now, all eyes will be on 2023 with Hodgson signing the likes of Castleford halfback Jake Trueman, Newcastle Knights playmaker Tex Hoy and Leeds centre Liam Sutcliffe and hooker Brad Dwyer.
Meanwhile, the Black and Whites were victorious over Toulouse Olympique at the weekend and Hodgson was get over the line.
“I think there were many moments in the game where we showed some good character and good skill too, with a nice scoreline on top of that,” Hodgson told hullfc.com
“I really feel for Toulouse having to travel here on a short turnaround on the back of their relegation being confirmed on Thursday.
“We were professional for large parts of that game -we lost our way a bit in the back end of the first-half and into the start of the second-half, but did well to rescue that and put on some points in the final stages of the game.
“We wanted to be expansive today – we needed to move the ball in yardage a little bit more than we have done in the last few weeks. They executed the game plan very well today.”