Luke Gale is a player with many stories to tell.
From his Man of Steel win in 2017 as he led Castleford Tigers to the Super League Grand Final, to his spell at Leeds Rhinos which saw him lift the Challenge Cup as captain before having that captaincy stripped after an incident in training, to his latest season in the game at Hull FC, who he’s since departed as he searches for new club for 2023.
A recent Twitter post has got the rumour mill spinning again, with Gale posting photos of himself doing weight and cardio training with former Leeds teammate and Bradford Bulls bound Jack Walker which could suggest Gale could reunite with the fullback re-joining the Bulls after he starred for them a decade ago.
— Luke Gale (@snozzer_gale) November 9, 2022
His 2022 season
Gale may have only spent one year at Hull FC but there were some performances which showed why he has been one of the best halfbacks in the game for the last decade or so especially in the win at the Magic Weekend over Hull KR. He showed that he would make any team a good signing going into 2023 after all he will give the side experience.
According to Rugby League Live, Gale is in no rush to sign a new deal and he has had six or seven offers as the highest profile free agent around. However, money isn’t the focus but he will definitely play again next season.
On paper, a move to Featherstone makes a lot of sense for Gale. Rovers have achievable dreams of promotion to Super League, and a chance to see out a successful career by playing under Sean Long, one of the best halves to play in Super League. He could potentially do his coaching badges whilst still playing at a high level and be a key player in their fight for Super League.
Back to Bradford
Gale was magnificent for Bradford in his first stint and he could very well be again in 2023 especially with the club recruiting well for next season including the signing of Jack Walker. Training with Walker, lends more credence to this theory.
Wakefield may not need another halfback but the adding of a top notch player with great experience could give them an extra boost for next season especially with Lee Gaskell’s versatility, this move could still make a lot of sense despite the signing of Morgan Smith.
Luke Gale Academy?
Those who’ve been following Gale’s game for a number of years will know about the Luke Gale Academy, which came about during his time at Castleford. The Academy, dedicated to training the next generation of halfbacks, in their on field game and all the aspects surrounding it. Whatever he does next, he may look to push this even more.
Whatever the future holds for Gale, he can step back and look over a successful career. An England International, a Man of Steel, and a Challenge Cup winning Captain the highlights of his career’s CV. It’s down to time as where he’ll be for 2023, but, wherever it is, it won’t be too far from the game.