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Bradford Bulls: Luke Gale cannot wait for Knight time
Luke Gale is in line to represent England Knights against Samoa next month as he bids to end a frustrating year on a high.
The Bulls scrum half has endured a stop-start 2013 after missing the whole of pre-season and the opening ten rounds of Super League.
He sustained ankle ligament damage when on Knights duty at the end of last season and was forced to undergo surgery.
The problem has continued to hamper the 25-year-old and he is considering the option of an ankle clear-out before hopefully pulling on the Knights jersey again on October 19.
The match against Samoa at Salford City Stadium is the curtain-raiser to England’s final warm-up game against Italy.
Gale will speak to Bulls boss Francis Cummins and Knights coach Kieron Purtill before making a final decision on his availability.
The former Leeds academy player, who has impressed in his previous outings for the Knights, said: “Kieron has asked me if I would be fit enough to play if selected and Franny is also keen for me to be involved.
“The match against Samoa will be a good spectacle and I definitely want to play in it. But I’m going to sit down with Franny and Dan Ramsden (Bulls physio), map things out and then assess my options, which could mean having a bit of a clear-out of my ankle.
“It’s not a big operation and you can walk the next day, it’s just a case of being unable to train for two weeks.
“I want a full pre-season ahead of the 2014 campaign because it’s a nightmare not having one and not training for goodness knows how long.
“It’s been a tough year for me, a bit stop-start, but I think that with a big pre-season I can get back to where I was.”
Gale is set to be the only Bulls player involved in the Knights squad with John Bateman, who captained the England Academy side last year, currently recovering from ankle surgery.
Gale is highly regarded in the England set-up and harbours hopes of one day winning a senior cap.
He added: “We’ve got some good scrum halves, and Matty Smith at Wigan is up and coming, but playing for the Knights puts you in the shop window.
“More importantly, I just want to get a full pre-season under my belt at Bradford and hit the ground running from round one, which is something I couldn’t do this year.”
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