Gale ready to fire

Leeds Rhinos star Luke Gale reckons the Rhinos will be ready to hit the ground running when Super League resumes and the former Castleford halfback is desperate to continue playing his part.

Richard Agar’s men went into lockdown on the back of four successive wins, their only loss this season coming at home to Hull on the opening day.

After that 30-4 setback, Leeds saw off Hull KR, Salford, Warrington and Toronto, with close-season signing Gale firing on all cylinders after missing the entire 2019 season with an Achilles tendon injury.

“Lockdown has been frustrating, because I was back fully fit and going well, and so were the team,” said the 31-year-old England star.

“We had that mishap in round one, but after that, I thought the lads were pretty awesome, and I think there is more to come too.

“There are big issues going on in the world because of coronavirus, so we can’t complain too much, and we just have to focus on carrying on when we can start playing again.

“It’s much better to have gone into lockdown on the back on four straight wins than a run of defeats, that’s for sure.

“We also have the advantage of having a big squad with plenty of young players, so we should be able to deal with any fixture congestion.

“From a personal point of view, I just want to get going again, and I’ve been doing everything I can to keep myself as fit as possible.

“It’s ironic that this time last year, I was injured and doing nothing, and now, I’m fully fit and doing nothing, but it is what it is.”

Gale reckons team-mates Jack Walker and Kruise Leeming are making progress in their recovery from ankle and knee injuries respectively.

“I’ve spoken to them both, and I don’t think either f them are too far off,” he added in an interview on the club website.