LUKE Gale is keen to show Castleford what he is made of as the Bulls seek a fourth straight Super League win tomorrow.
The England Knights scrum half will call time on his three-year stay at Odsal and join Daryl Powell’s Tigers on a two-year contract next season.
Gale will get an early chance to impress the Wheldon Road faithful as the Bulls bid to maintain their recent renaissance.
The 26-year-old said: “I can’t wait for Sunday. It will be a weird feeling but I’ve always loved playing at The Jungle.
“It’s a hostile environment and the crowd is on your back but I prefer that.
“They get behind the Cas lads, really pack the stadium out and create a fantastic atmosphere.
“I definitely want to show them what I’m capable of and the lads have spoken about going unbeaten in these last few games.
“We’ve beaten Wigan, Leeds and Hull, so why can’t we beat Cas, Widnes and London in our last three games?”
The Tigers are aiming to bounce back from their Challenge Cup final defeat at the hands of Leeds and Gale reckons it could be a good time to play them.
He added: “They will be licking their wounds from last week and I think they will be there for the taking to be honest.
“We’ve trained well this week and we want the two points.
“It can go two ways – they can be a bit flat or they can get back on the horse.
“Jimmy (Lowes) doesn’t focus too much on the opposition because we know that if we get our game right then we’ll have a very good chance of winning.”
Gale is looking forward to playing under Powell next season and said a meeting with the Tigers boss convinced him that Castleford was the right move for him.
He explained: “After we had a chat and it became clear that Bradford were going down, that’s when I realised I wanted to become a Castleford player.
“There was interest from a few teams but what swung it for me was what Daryl said and the rest of the coaching staff he’s got on board.
“It seems like they all dig in for each other, there is no stand-out players, just a good set of lads with a really strong team ethic.
“They’ve got a massive squad and apparently in training there is huge competition for places and a real hunger to get in that team. I wanted to be a part of it.”
Powell played stand-off for Great Britain during his playing days and his assistants Danny Orr and Ryan Sheridan also enjoyed distinguished careers as half-backs.
“That was another factor which swung my decision,” added Gale.
“Daryl was a stand-off and I got coached by him at Leeds and came across him with England Knights.
“Danny Orr is there too and Ryan Sheridan, another former half-back who I have heard great things about.
“You’ve got to do what’s right for you and I thought the right thing was to go there.
“I wanted Super League and when Jimmy came in he was very honest with us and I was with him.
“I said ‘I’m going to work very hard to try and keep us up but if we do go down, I want to be a Super League player and I’ll be moving on’.”
Gale said Lowes had helped the Bulls to rediscover their self-belief following his appointment in June.
He added: “There were times this year when I lost my confidence and you start doubting yourself and the players around you.
“We’ve all been there this year. That was the first thing that Jimmy said ‘you look like you’ve lost your confidence’.
“We had no confidence whatsoever and it was through no fault of Franny (Cummins) or Lee (St Hilaire).
“We had just been through that much over the last three years. We had taken one hit too many and we couldn’t get up.
“Jimmy came in and we needed lifting off the canvas.
“Throughout my time at Bradford we had always lived with that uncertainty and it’s no good for you or your mental state.
“There was interest from Hull FC at the start of this season and I could have left the Bulls a year before to go to Huddersfield - and they actually finished top of the league last year.
“But I never felt it was quite right. Even within the uncertainty, I just didn’t want to leave.
“I didn’t feel the time was right. But this time I did think it was right.
“When I spoke to Daryl, I thought ‘this is the time to leave, this is who I want to be playing under’.”
“It will be sad to leave because even though we’ve been in administration twice, I’ve loved Bradford and the club will always be in my heart.”