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Luke Gale’s Wakefield debut still not definite

One of the bigger stories we have seen this season has centred around Luke Gale.

It was a huge story when the former Man of Steel and Leeds Rhinos skipper joined newly promoted Championship club Keighley Cougars but an even bigger story when he left for Wakefield Trinity to try and steer them away from relegation. Though Gale has yet to play for his new club.

He missed the first game against Warrington Wolves with Mark Applegarth saying that he needed the extra days to get ready for his debut.

However, it was later revealed that Gale has a groin injury. Though he could have made his debut against former club Hull FC, but Applegarth wanted to reward Morgan Smith for his performance against Warrington.

Last week he was cup tied against Leigh Leopards.

Now though he is set to debut against Catalans Dragons after being named in the 21-man squad for the clash in France.

However, Gale’s debut isn’t definite with Mark Applegarth confirming he still has to pass some checks.

“Hopefully. He’s in the squad, he’s trained and we’re just making sure that he’s A-okay. We’ll do some final checks tomorrow and as long as he passes them then Luke Gale will be fit and available,” Applegarth said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s been a massive help in giving us direction and freeing up other players.

“We’ve trained all week with Max, Mason and Gale and it’s looked real sharp.

“I feel a bit for Morgan Smith and I had to have an honest chat with him but if Luke for whatever reason can’t play then I’ve got full faith in Morgan given how he’s been playing.

“There’s two players at opposite ends of the spectrum there, Luke obviously is coming towards the end of his career and that transition and Morgan coming into his prime years.

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