Luke Gale leaves Leeds Rhinos, who captained by winning the Challenge Cup in 2020, for rivals Hull FC, saying: “They are a team you would consider a title challenge team with a lot of depth for 2022, so I am massively excited to join the club. ”
Last updated: 21/05/21 18:24
Hull FC have signed England international and former Man of Steel Luke Gale on a one-year contract.
Gale is the fourth off-season signing for Airlie Birds, who have already added Fijian internationals Kane Evans and Joe Lovodua, and England Knights winger Darnell McIntosh as they try to improve on last season’s disappointing eighth place finish.
The 33-year-old has amassed more than 320 career appearances, scoring 115 tries and scoring more than 700 goals in spells with Harlequins, Bradford, Castleford and most recently Leeds.
Gale gives Hull a stronger backbone, siding alongside 2021 Man of Steel nominee Jake Connor and former New South Wales stall Josh Reynolds.
“First of all, it’s a huge club with a lot of ambitions and that was a key pull factor for me,” said Gale. scafo.com.
“They are a team that you would consider a title challenge with a lot of depth for 2022, so I am enormously excited to join the club.
“I talked to Brett [Hodgson] for a long time last night and discussed what he expected of me. I was really impressed with what I heard and it thrilled me even more.
“During the Super League era, I’ve been a victim of this Hull team multiple times – I just think it’s a really exciting team to be a part of.
“I think it’s a great solution for me as a player as well. With Jake Connor as a full-back, this suits me as a player and the strength we have in other areas of the pitch, I think, will complement me enormously.
“It’s perfect for me. I can’t wait to meet the guys and start with the preseason training.”