Hull FC confirm Luke Gale signing

Luke Gale

Hull have confirmed the signing of Luke Gale from Leeds on a one-year deal.

Gale, 33, has made more that 320 career appearances, scoring 115 tries and kicking 731 goals. He has represented Harlequins, Bradford, Castleford and Leeds.

The half-back was named Steve Prescott MBE Super League Man of Steel in 2017. He went on to represent England at that year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia.

He joined his hometown club Leeds for the 2020 season, and won the Challenge Cup that season with a victory over Salford. Gale scored the winning drop-goal in the 76th minute of the game to edge Leeds to a 17-16 victory

“First and foremost, it’s a massive club with lots of ambition and that was a key attractive factor for me,” Gale said. 

“It’s a squad that you would consider to be a title-challenging one with plenty of depth for 2022, so I’m massively excited to be joining the club.

“I spoke with Brett [Hodgson] at length last night and he discussed what he expected from me. I was really impressed with what I heard and it excited me even more.

“Throughout the Super League era, I have been on the receiving end of this Hull side several times. I just think it’s a really exciting squad to be a part of.

“I think it’s a great fit for me as a player, too. With Jake Connor at full-back, that suits me as a player and the strength we have in other areas across the pitch I feel will compliment me hugely.

“It’s a perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to meet the lads and crack on with pre-season training.”

Head coach Brett Hodgson on his latest signing

Head coach Brett Hodgson added: “Luke Gale is a really high-quality addition for us. His arrival will be significant in changing the dynamic of our team as we continue to evolve and shape our squad for 2022.

“He is a proven international player, a natural leader and a competitor, who will have a strong influence on our attack and how we want to play, which will really compliment Jake [Connor] and Josh [Reynolds] in our spine.

“I have been really impressed by his attitude and desire to make a real impression at the club. He shares the same beliefs and drive we have as a club, he is hungry for success.”

New faces at Hull

Gale becomes the fourth new signing at the Super League club alongside Fijian internationals Kane Evans and Joe Lovodua, and England Knights winger Darnell McIntosh.

Marc Sneyd makes move

The announcement follows Marc Sneyd’s shock move to the AJ Bell Stadium, becoming new head coach Paul Rowley’s first signing. The 30-year-old began his career at Salford, making 49 appearances for the Red Devils. 

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