It was announced earlier on tonight that Luke Gale would be leaving Hull FC, but the next question was where would he be heading for 2023?
Gale signed just a one-year deal at the MKM Stadium ahead of the 2022 Super League season with a view in mind of joining the coaching staff at the end of the deal.
However, that will not be forthcoming with the captain leaving, but where will he be heading?
It probably seems the most obvious choice given the departure of Jacob Miller and the need for a controlling halfback, but a potential move to Wakefield could be the one to kickstart Gale’s career after a disappointing 2022. Gale would be the lynchpin of the Trinity side with a lot less pressure on him than at Hull. With people writing him off, it could be a move akin to that one that saw him excel at the Castleford Tigers in 2015. It wouldn’t be a risk for Trinity as they would be getting an experienced leader and one that would be able to bring on the youngsters at the club. Perhaps the move that makes the most sense.
It seems that whenever a player leaves a club, Leigh Centurions are linked with a potential move – and is there any reason why? Bankrolled by owner Derek Beaumont, the Lancashire club have been active in the transfer market all year and will continue to be so for the remainder of 2022. It’s no surprise that Leigh have been linked with the likes of Jack Hughes, Robbie Mulhern, Ricky Leutele and Matt Davis – established Super League players. Gale would certainly be the cherry on top of the cake with halfbacks Lachlan Lam, Joe Mellor and Ben Reynolds and would cap off a stellar career for the former Castleford and Leeds star.
It would be interesting to see Gale at Featherstone under Brian McDermott given the fact that the halfback never played under the veteran boss. Though Rovers do have a plethora of halfbacks with Morgan Smith, Johnathon Ford, and Ryley Jacks, but Gale would bring something a lot different. He is a controller and will have the ball on the shoestring for Rovers whether that’s in Super League or the Championship. It would also allow the veteran to stay in Yorkshire where his young family lives.