Luke Gale has been at Wakefield Trinity for well over a month now but the former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star has yet to feature for the club.
He has been battling with a groin injury so watched on as Wakefield claimed their first win of the season last week against his former club Leeds.
Speaking after that game, Applegarth confirmed that a huge 12 players would be back for their next game against Hull KR.
Kelepi Tanginoa is the only player who doesn’t have a good chance of returning.
So, Gale could debut against Hull KR and there will be no love lost their with Gale formerly playing for Hull FC.
“Well it gets that monkey off the back you know when you’ve been what we’re on now Round 15 is it and you’ve done that many games without a win it’s not a nice feeling,” Applegarth said.
“I’ve never had to deal with anything like that in my coaching career at whatever level so it just takes that off us and hopefully we can kick on now.
“We’ve got I think we count with 12 players that are due back you know for the whole KR game you know most of the other injuries should be there or thereabouts.
“So again it creates competition for places and some of the younger end of that squad have grown into it today. They’ve answered a few questions they probably had in their own head and hopefully we can kick on and start putting some pressure on them teams around us.”
Applegarth also spoke about finally getting the win:
“You know what, it’s a good job I brought Dave Fafita back, because he’s the only guy that did actually remember the words.
“He normally sings the winning song, so yeah, it’s one of them. I’m just really pleased for the group, and you know, there’s no point in getting that win and not kicking on now, is there? So, we’ll enjoy it tonight, we’ll be back at it next week, you know, freshen a few up that’s been playing busted. And then get all this attention turns to KR and just take it week by week as we’ve said all along.”