Luke Gale makes Championship move for 2023 campaign

Josh McAllister
Luke Gale Hull FC

Luke Gale will join Keighley for their 2023 Championship season following their promotion from League 1.

Gale, 34, has been a free agent following his release from Hull at the conclusion of the 2022 Super League season. To date, he has racked up 267 Super League appearances, scoring 70 tries.

The former Bradford, Castleford and Leeds half-back joins the newly-promoted Championship outfit on a one-year deal. 

Luke Gale on new move

“I feel that this will be a great fit for me,” said Gale.

“I want to come here to Keighley and help these lads compete within the Championship and with the squad we have got, we will definitely be pushing at the right end of the table.

“Things have been a bit different for me this season as it is the first team that I have ever gone into a pre-season without a deal at a club.

“I made the decision to train by myself and give myself a couple months out of rugby league after playing and training for 14 straight seasons.

“I have been training at Driven Athlete with Chris Black and as a result have bumped into Rhys Lovegrove quite often.

“When I’ve spoken to Chris, as I know Blacky quite well, he told me that I would really enjoy myself if I signed for Keighley.

“I’ve met and spoken with Rhys a few times now and he is one of the best young coaches within the game right now and we just clicked straight away.

“And that came of the back of last season which for me wasn’t a good year both personally and from a team point of view.

“But I am in a different stage of my career now and not getting any younger.

“I began my career at this level of the game with Doncaster and feel that I have now come full circle. I can’t wait to see what the Championship brings this season as there isn’t one standout team and it will be a tough league.”

Gale joins the likes of Ben Crooks, Mark Ioane and Ellis Robson to make the move to Cougar Park for 2023. 

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