Bradford Bulls star Luke Gale confirms two-year switch to Castleford Tigers

LUKE Gale has agreed a two-year deal at Castleford from next season

LUKE Gale has agreed a two-year deal at Castleford from next season

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LUKE Gale has finally confirmed one of rugby league’s worst-kept secrets by signing a two-year deal with Castleford from the start of next season.

The England Knights scrum half was keen to stay in Super League following the Bulls’ relegation and will link up with Daryl Powell’s men from pre-season.

Gale, 26, is the second half-back to join Castleford for next year, alongside Samoan international Ben Roberts who has signed from Melbourne Storm.

He will end a three-year stay at Odsal and becomes Powell's sixth confirmed signing after Roberts, Junior Moors, Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Steve Crossley.

Gale said: “I’m really excited to be here. Castleford have had a great season, and Daryl and his team around him have fulfilled the potential, and they have turned Cas into a proper team.

“I’m jumping at the opportunity and I cannot wait. Daryl showed a bit of interest and I have worked with him at the England Knights and at Leeds before.

“I like how he goes about things, and even though there was other interest, once I spoke to Daryl that was it - I wanted to join Castleford.”

Powell has worked wonders at Wheldon Road this season and transformed the perennial strugglers into serious title contenders.

Although Castleford were beaten by Leeds in last weekend’s Challenge Cup final, Gale said: “I love how Castleford play to be honest.

“They play good rugby and pass it about, always playing expansive football.

“Everyone seems to work for each other and there is no standout, and everyone puts a shift in.

“I spoke to Daryl and I felt he can take me and the club to that next level, and I want to be playing in those big games.

“I want to be in the England squad too, and I had aspirations to be there this year, but obviously things at Bradford did not go too well.”

Gale also worked with Tigers assistant coach Danny Orr at London as well as Aussie full back Luke Dorn.

He added: “I also know Danny Orr from my time at London, and when I moved there at 18 Danny took me under his wing and was a mentor figure for me.

“Obviously Danny is involved and I know Luke Dorn, who is one of the best players I have ever played with, so all of those reasons add up.

“You only have to look at Marc Sneyd to see a player who wasn't really spoken about.

“He was always a good player, but he had to find that next level, and he has stepped up now because of the work Daryl and his team have put in.

“Having a good chat with Daryl left it clear that I wanted to become a Castleford player.”

Tigers boss Powell said: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of a quality half back who not long ago was just on the edge of international recognition.

“Luke's organisational ability alongside his willingness to both play at the defensive line and indeed through it will fit neatly into how we want to play next season. His passing and kicking game are top quality.

“Luke alongside Ben Roberts and Liam Finn give us variety and quality at half-back with Ben Reynolds proving he can also step up when needed, giving us additional depth in such a pivotal position.”

 

 

 

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11:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

Nice long article and not once does he mention his time at Bradford? Seems he cant wait to get away which is a shame.

Hopefully we can snap up someone better defensively in the halves and as good attacking wise.............. cant be too hard. Seems to have played better though under Jimmy and with more freedom.

Plenty of excellent ball players in the Championship we can replace him with.

COYB!!
Nice long article and not once does he mention his time at Bradford? Seems he cant wait to get away which is a shame. Hopefully we can snap up someone better defensively in the halves and as good attacking wise.............. cant be too hard. Seems to have played better though under Jimmy and with more freedom. Plenty of excellent ball players in the Championship we can replace him with. COYB!! bulls916uk
  • Score: 19

11:23am Thu 28 Aug 14

A650 says...

I suspect the press release came from Cas which may explain the lack of a reference to the Bulls.

Gale’s blow hot and cold since he signed with us (no pun intended). Some of this was down to injury and some down to off field issues like his recent bereavement. Hope he does well for Cas. He’ll need to improve his defence and his game management skills but if he can’t do that under Powell then he’ll never do it.

The Bulls have been linked with Gareth O’Brien at Warrington as a replacement. We’re going to need an experienced halfback in the championship.
I suspect the press release came from Cas which may explain the lack of a reference to the Bulls. Gale’s blow hot and cold since he signed with us (no pun intended). Some of this was down to injury and some down to off field issues like his recent bereavement. Hope he does well for Cas. He’ll need to improve his defence and his game management skills but if he can’t do that under Powell then he’ll never do it. The Bulls have been linked with Gareth O’Brien at Warrington as a replacement. We’re going to need an experienced halfback in the championship. A650
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

See you in the mini league next season Luke
See you in the mini league next season Luke BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 10

1:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

portugalbull says...

Gale has been better since JL came and shown more consistancncy. Sorry to see him leave.
O'Brian would do 3for me or someone of his type. Be interesting to see who Jimmy has in mind.
Gale has been better since JL came and shown more consistancncy. Sorry to see him leave. O'Brian would do 3for me or someone of his type. Be interesting to see who Jimmy has in mind. portugalbull
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Thu 28 Aug 14

NG1972 says...

Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings.
Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings. NG1972
  • Score: 6

1:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Bowlingboy says...

NG1972 wrote:
Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings.
who have they signed????
Do tell!
Don't really rate Gale to much anyway, there are far better scrum halves about,
Hopefully his replacement will play like he wants to be there...

Gaskell with a good scrum half would be lethal next year.
[quote][p][bold]NG1972[/bold] wrote: Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings.[/p][/quote]who have they signed???? Do tell! Don't really rate Gale to much anyway, there are far better scrum halves about, Hopefully his replacement will play like he wants to be there... Gaskell with a good scrum half would be lethal next year. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 8

2:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

NG1972 says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
NG1972 wrote:
Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings.
who have they signed????
Do tell!
Don't really rate Gale to much anyway, there are far better scrum halves about,
Hopefully his replacement will play like he wants to be there...

Gaskell with a good scrum half would be lethal next year.
I agree with you . I don't know who the 4 signings are but we will be announcing 4 more signings tomorrow. Marc Green tweeted this morning.
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NG1972[/bold] wrote: Good luck gale... he has played better under jimmy but obviously wants to leave. He is going to a smaller club who have had a one off season. Cas will never win anything they will always be mid table team. if they were a big club with ambition why would their best player leave. (Daryl Clarke). This tells us all a story our players that have left have gone to smaller clubs then us & also mid table teams who will never win anything. If the rumour is true about GOB that is a very good signing & Gale wont be missed. We have kept our best playmaker in Gaskell so hopefully he & GOB will make a good partnership next year. Roll on tomorrow to hear our next 4 signings.[/p][/quote]who have they signed???? Do tell! Don't really rate Gale to much anyway, there are far better scrum halves about, Hopefully his replacement will play like he wants to be there... Gaskell with a good scrum half would be lethal next year.[/p][/quote]I agree with you . I don't know who the 4 signings are but we will be announcing 4 more signings tomorrow. Marc Green tweeted this morning. NG1972
  • Score: 6

2:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

worse kept secret at the club.

Wish him all the best at Cas,.
worse kept secret at the club. Wish him all the best at Cas,. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Thu 28 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

It's a case of speed the departing , and welcome the new one. whoever he might be!
Certainly LG has been more of an round scrum half under JL...but if he can do that for a player who hitherto hadn't shown anything like his recent form, then maybe he (JL)can coach a scrum half to a better half back pairing with Gaskell. that may not only shock the championship, but Super League also.
So Luke you go with our good wishes, but we look forward to your replacement>
Just remember you have to impress your new masters and the Cas supporters on Sunday, so show em' your best game ever in the red Amber and Black (metophorically of course cos it'll be our away strip)
It's a case of speed the departing , and welcome the new one. whoever he might be! Certainly LG has been more of an round scrum half under JL...but if he can do that for a player who hitherto hadn't shown anything like his recent form, then maybe he (JL)can coach a scrum half to a better half back pairing with Gaskell. that may not only shock the championship, but Super League also. So Luke you go with our good wishes, but we look forward to your replacement> Just remember you have to impress your new masters and the Cas supporters on Sunday, so show em' your best game ever in the red Amber and Black (metophorically of course cos it'll be our away strip) raisemeup
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Thu 28 Aug 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Just shows Cummins' total lack of judgement. Didn't he pursue this player to commit to the Bulls? Gale only started playing when he realised he wanted another SL contract. Totally disingenuous. Good riddance.
Just shows Cummins' total lack of judgement. Didn't he pursue this player to commit to the Bulls? Gale only started playing when he realised he wanted another SL contract. Totally disingenuous. Good riddance. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 16

5:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Paul from Idle says...

Not performed at bulls and a smaller club mentality will be good for him. Never kicked on from his knights days and will always be a Cas, Waky style player.
Not performed at bulls and a smaller club mentality will be good for him. Never kicked on from his knights days and will always be a Cas, Waky style player. Paul from Idle
  • Score: 9

7:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

NORTHER1964 says...

Its a shame Walker couldn't go with Gale. Well at least our defence will be stronger and unfortunately Cas's will be weak with Gale. Why didn't Leeds go for him, now that would have been funny.
Its a shame Walker couldn't go with Gale. Well at least our defence will be stronger and unfortunately Cas's will be weak with Gale. Why didn't Leeds go for him, now that would have been funny. NORTHER1964
  • Score: 1

9:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Because he is no good hence getting shut in the first place ?
Because he is no good hence getting shut in the first place ? axelf1963
  • Score: -1

6:28am Fri 29 Aug 14

fash1966 says...

Never rated him. Has tackled like a chocolate teapot for 2 years, more like Gail Luke than Luke Gale. Then Jimmy Lowes arrives and he has the best 3 games I`ve seen him play. Whoever comes in at scrum half lets hope they can find good field position with kicks from hand and can tackle better than this guy. We need a left footed kicker which would give us more options and the kicker more time to execute down the left flank.
Never rated him. Has tackled like a chocolate teapot for 2 years, more like Gail Luke than Luke Gale. Then Jimmy Lowes arrives and he has the best 3 games I`ve seen him play. Whoever comes in at scrum half lets hope they can find good field position with kicks from hand and can tackle better than this guy. We need a left footed kicker which would give us more options and the kicker more time to execute down the left flank. fash1966
  • Score: 0
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