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.
He was named in the squad for today’s game against Catalans Dragons but the halfback has again not been named.
𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 from Perpignan. 🇫🇷
🔙 Jowitt returns
👊 Croft and Dagger start at centre
💪 Tanginoa and Ashurst in the back-row
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— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) May 26, 2023
Crucially, Max Jowitt returns after last playing against the Dragons in Round One – the only time Wakefield have scored more than three tries this season.
Will Dagger subsequently switches position to play in the centres with the injuries mounting for Wakefield and Samisoni Langi out for two months.
As for Gale, it is unclear if he is still dealing with his groin injury or if Mark Applegarth has faith in Mason Lino and Morgan Smith.