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Luke Gale’s Wakefield Trinity debut could be pushed back

This week Wakefield Trinity stunned rugby league fans with the announcement that Luke Gale was signing for the club.

Trinity paid a transfer fee to bring the former Man of Steel and Leeds Rhinos skipper to the club from Keighley Cougars on a deal that keeps him at the club until the end of 2024.

However, despite being named in Wakefield’s squad for their trip to Warrington Wolves tomorrow, Mark Applegath has revealed the halfback may not feature.

“He’s transitioning from a part-time environment to fulltime. We are very conscious that we don’t want to rush him back to early,” Applegarth said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“We might play him tomorrow or we might save him until next week and get a full week to ten days of training.”

Nonetheless, Applegarth has emphasised what Gale can bring to the club moving forward:

“He has been great. It’s not just what he can do on the field for you with his organisation and leadership but it is also how he is off the field too. In team meetings he’s helping out with some of our younger guys.

“It’s like having another coach on the field for you.

“He can free up Mason Lino up to play a bit more and take that bit of pressure off him.”

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