Gale will be “great asset” for Castleford, says Lowes

Departing Bradford Bulls scrum-half Luke Gale will be a “great asset” for new club Castleford Tigers – that’s the view of current Bulls boss James Lowes.

The Tigers confirmed the signature of Gale on a two-year contract on Thursday, bringing to an end months of speculation regarding the future of the half-back.

Lowes admitted he was disappointed to lose Gale for 2015 after he penned a deal with their West Yorkshire rivals, but praised the former England Knights scrum-half for the service he has given the Bulls – as well as telling Tigers fans they have a shrewd signing on board for next year.

“He’s a very good player, and he did well at London before he came up here,” Lowes said.  “He’s been a good servant for Bradford and he wants to stay in Super League – which is fair enough. He’s a quality player, and I like his attitude around the place.

“He’ll be a great asset for Castleford.”

Lowes also said he wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way for wishing to remain in Super League, and Gale – as well as the likes of James Donaldson, who opted to remain in Super League with Hull KR – will leave the club with the best wishes of everyone at Bradford.

“I wouldn’t stand in his way when it came to staying in Super League – especially with what these lads have been through with the club over the last few years. We’re very stable now off the field as a club, but we’re in a position where we’re dropping down a league, and some of the guys want to stay in Super League.

“Fair play to them though, they’ve been upfront from the very start and we’ll send them off with all the best wishes from us at Bradford.”