Less than 24 hours after confirming Daryl Clark will leave to join Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers have confirmed the signing of Bradford half-back Luke Gale for next season.
Gale, 26, is the second half-back to pen a deal for next year at Cas, alongside Samoan international Ben Roberts who has signed from Melbourne Storm. He is Daryl Powell’s sixth confirmed signing, after Roberts, Junior Moors, Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Steve Crossley.
And Gale said he cannot wait to link up with the Tigers over the winter, saying as soon as Castleford showed an interest in him, they were the only club he was interested in signing for.
“I am 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 am 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.”
Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell said: “I am 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.”