Luke Gale: Being appointed Bradford Bulls vice captain a real privilege

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Luke Gale has told of his pride at being handed the deputy role and says he feels like 18 again after successful ankle surgery Luke Gale has told of his pride at being handed the deputy role and says he feels like 18 again after successful ankle surgery

Luke Gale has been appointed the Bulls’ vice-captain and made a vow to supporters: “I’m going nowhere!”

The highly-regarded scrum half, 25, joined Bradford from London two years ago and has become the creative fulcrum of Francis Cummins’ side.

The Bulls head coach is a big admirer of Gale and has taken the decision to make him deputy to Matt Diskin ahead of the 2014 campaign.

Gale was the subject of an approach from Hull FC several weeks ago but insisted he was fully focused on the new season with Bradford and revealed he was in peak physical condition.

Former Leeds Academy player Gale said: “It’s good to hear your name being bandied about rather than not but I’m a Bradford player and I love it here, so hopefully the club stays solid and the new board can turn things around.

“I’m just looking forward to a big season with the Bulls and Franny has rewarded me with the vice captaincy, which is massive for me and a huge privilege.

“I’m proud to be vice-captain to these boys because we’ve got a really good squad here. Okay, it’s not a big squad but we’ve brought some top players in and I think our pack, in particular, is going to be brilliant.”

Gale has suffered lengthy absences during his two seasons at the Bulls, both related to ankle ligaments, but he is now fully fit after end-of-season surgery.

He added: “I feel like I’m 18 again and as fit as I’ve ever been, so everything is going well for me.

“Being named vice-captain does give you increased confidence. I’m confident anyway, especially when I’m fully fit like I am now.

“I’m ready to rip in, whereas I didn’t set foot on the training ground during pre-season last year.”

Gale is keeping his fingers crossed that the Bulls can negotiate a way through their latest financial crisis, although players seem certain to depart.

Jarrod Sammut revealed London Broncos had expressed an interest in him earlier this week and Gale added: “Every time you think we’ve turned a corner we find ourselves back in it.

“It’s disappointing because this pre-season has been outstanding, with the way we’ve been training and the coaching staff Franny has put in place.

“It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth but hopefully we will crack on and continue to grow.”

Head coach Cummins, who nurtured Gale in the youth ranks at Leeds, said: “Luke is in fantastic shape – the best shape of his career – and is looking in great form.

“He’s our general and he moves us around the field, so his natural progression is to take on more leadership within the group.”

* Meanwhile, Bulls supporters have until 8pm tonight to support the club's BELONG Christmas Charity Appeal.

The month-long scheme was designed to come to the aid of the less fortunate over the festive period.

And it will end following 'late-night shopping' this evening, giving fans a final opportunity to bring unwanted goods to The Provident Stadium's retail store.

Donated goods will assist the efforts of the Immanuel Project, which helps to feed, clothe and educate the homeless and socially excluded in Bradford.

It will also aid the Welcome Project, Streetwise – a scheme operated by Life Church, Hope Housing, Horton Housing, DISC and The Brothers.
 

 

 

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7:30am Thu 19 Dec 13

Solomon Grundy says...

Hope he is properly fit and has a big year as we'll need him, especially if Sammut goes. Upward & onward COYB!!
Hope he is properly fit and has a big year as we'll need him, especially if Sammut goes. Upward & onward COYB!! Solomon Grundy

7:43am Thu 19 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

When he's for and firing he pulls the strings really well. He makes less errors than Sammut and has a better kicking game. Looking forward to seeing him and Gaskell develop an understanding. Sammut should be used for impact if anything like Leeds use Rob Burrow; something different to push a tired defence after 60-65 minutes.
When he's for and firing he pulls the strings really well. He makes less errors than Sammut and has a better kicking game. Looking forward to seeing him and Gaskell develop an understanding. Sammut should be used for impact if anything like Leeds use Rob Burrow; something different to push a tired defence after 60-65 minutes. Lythambull

7:52am Thu 19 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Well done bradfordbronco a bit of positive news for a change.
Well done bradfordbronco a bit of positive news for a change. bullybullman

8:14am Thu 19 Dec 13

mumbyfan says...

I'd be gutted if Sammut goes, our team would be sterile without him, a real off the cuff player, and some one who you can say that you'd pay to watch...
I'd be gutted if Sammut goes, our team would be sterile without him, a real off the cuff player, and some one who you can say that you'd pay to watch... mumbyfan

8:38am Thu 19 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact.
So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible.
The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact. So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible. raisemeup

8:50am Thu 19 Dec 13

bullsone03 says...

Bradford Don't have a big squad so can not afford to sell too many players so loan some to teams like London and let them pay they wage but make it so if we need them back then we can
Bradford Don't have a big squad so can not afford to sell too many players so loan some to teams like London and let them pay they wage but make it so if we need them back then we can bullsone03

8:55am Thu 19 Dec 13

expatbull says...

raisemeup wrote:
The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact.
So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible.
much better attendances reqd as well as sponsors, announcement re sponsors after Christmas hopefully, plus some exciting big news.
watch this space.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact. So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible.[/p][/quote]much better attendances reqd as well as sponsors, announcement re sponsors after Christmas hopefully, plus some exciting big news. watch this space. expatbull

9:15am Thu 19 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

expatbull wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact.
So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible.
much better attendances reqd as well as sponsors, announcement re sponsors after Christmas hopefully, plus some exciting big news.
watch this space.
Couldn't agree more expat, bums on seats makes all the difference.
[quote][p][bold]expatbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The saying that "form is temporary" whereas "class is permanent" probably applies to both Gale and Sammut. Certainly I wouldn't like either to go and as we have had the opportunity of seeing Sammut at his mercurial best, Luke Gale has not always shown his potential, but there has been a lot of injury time, and as he said last season he missed all pre season training. Which was bound to have an impact. So if I could give a pre New Year message to our club management, I would say stop the cost cutting exercise in favour of raising the funds from as many sources as possible. We should not throw away the previous twelve months improvement and structures, without finding a better way, to keep our squad as intact as possible.[/p][/quote]much better attendances reqd as well as sponsors, announcement re sponsors after Christmas hopefully, plus some exciting big news. watch this space.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more expat, bums on seats makes all the difference. raisemeup

12:14pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Loyalbull1981 says...

I dont know why Jarrod would ever consider going to London, who are in worse position than us and hardly have a squad so will most likely be relegated, cant imagine him in Championship in 2015. Also what motivation is there to play inf front of 1500 fans and thats been generous. Hopefully will see sense and stay with us as we are rebuildin and at least have 7000 fans he can play in front of each week.
I dont know why Jarrod would ever consider going to London, who are in worse position than us and hardly have a squad so will most likely be relegated, cant imagine him in Championship in 2015. Also what motivation is there to play inf front of 1500 fans and thats been generous. Hopefully will see sense and stay with us as we are rebuildin and at least have 7000 fans he can play in front of each week. Loyalbull1981

12:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Loyalbull1981 says...

Reall pleased for luke , their was few contenders who derserved it but luke is a fab player. I dont know why Jarrod would ever consider going to London, who are in worse position than us and hardly have a squad so will most likely be relegated, cant imagine him in Championship in 2015. Also what motivation is there to play inf front of 1500 fans and thats been generous. Hopefully will see sense and stay with us as we are rebuildin and at least have 7000 fans he can play in front of each week.
Reall pleased for luke , their was few contenders who derserved it but luke is a fab player. I dont know why Jarrod would ever consider going to London, who are in worse position than us and hardly have a squad so will most likely be relegated, cant imagine him in Championship in 2015. Also what motivation is there to play inf front of 1500 fans and thats been generous. Hopefully will see sense and stay with us as we are rebuildin and at least have 7000 fans he can play in front of each week. Loyalbull1981

8:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

bullsone03 wrote:
Bradford Don't have a big squad so can not afford to sell too many players so loan some to teams like London and let them pay they wage but make it so if we need them back then we can
This would seem to be the answer. If we can get a big transfer fee for someone then lets take it. Otherwise loaning players out will make the necessary savings from the wage in bill short term whist enabling us to retain players for next season if we stay in SL. There's only really London that need players. I think they've got 11 at present and Tony Rea has said only 6 of them are SL standard at present. I think only Kieran Dixon remains from their first team squad of last season. David Hughes, the Broncos owner, isn't going to offer anyone a long term deal until the RFL clarifies the make up of SL come the end of 2014. This probably won't happen until the season has begun. I expect the Broncos 1st team to be made up of lower league players looking for a break in SL and players on loan from other SL clubs.

As regards next season. Nobody has yet decided if the bottom two clubs will be relegated or not. The RFL really need to address the situation before the season starts. Hopefully we can get more money from Sky following the world cup success and not only keep 14 teams but expand to 16 and make it a really interesting SL.
[quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Bradford Don't have a big squad so can not afford to sell too many players so loan some to teams like London and let them pay they wage but make it so if we need them back then we can[/p][/quote]This would seem to be the answer. If we can get a big transfer fee for someone then lets take it. Otherwise loaning players out will make the necessary savings from the wage in bill short term whist enabling us to retain players for next season if we stay in SL. There's only really London that need players. I think they've got 11 at present and Tony Rea has said only 6 of them are SL standard at present. I think only Kieran Dixon remains from their first team squad of last season. David Hughes, the Broncos owner, isn't going to offer anyone a long term deal until the RFL clarifies the make up of SL come the end of 2014. This probably won't happen until the season has begun. I expect the Broncos 1st team to be made up of lower league players looking for a break in SL and players on loan from other SL clubs. As regards next season. Nobody has yet decided if the bottom two clubs will be relegated or not. The RFL really need to address the situation before the season starts. Hopefully we can get more money from Sky following the world cup success and not only keep 14 teams but expand to 16 and make it a really interesting SL. bradfordbronco

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