Tigers open up on Gale injury
Castleford Tigers have revealed Luke Gale is facing up to nine months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles.
Gale suffered the injury in training on Saturday and is now set to miss the whole of the 2019 campaign after being told he will undergo surgery on Thursday.
There has been talk of the Tigers applying to the RFL for dispensation on the salary cap, and although director of rugby Jon Wells admits that is an option, he also believes the squad is strong enough to cover his loss.
“We have plenty of options,” Wells said. “With us not running a marquee option, we’re running a broader and deeper squad and that will serve us well.
"We’ve got a vast amount of experience in Benny and Jamie, and Cory showed up very well against Featherstone.
“An injury like that to an established star, I always liken it to how Sam Tomkins burst onto the scene; you always need an injury to an experienced player for someone else to get their chance. We’ve got options to explore internally and Daryl is working through them as we speak."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.