Luke Gale is a perfect role model for young Leeds Rhinos players says Gary Hetherington

CUP-WINNING CAPTAIN Luke Gale is an inspiration for young players who don’t graduate from Leeds Rhinos’ academy into the first team, chief executive Gary Hetherington says.

By Peter Smith
Sunday, 25th October 2020, 6:30 pm
Leeds Rhinos captain Luke Gale. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Leeds Rhinos captain Luke Gale. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Gale will face his former team for the first time since rejoining Leeds in the off-season when Castleford Tigers visit Emerald Headingley tonight. The 32-year-old came through Rhinos’ academy system, but found his first team path blocked by Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow and had spells with Doncaster, Harlequins, Bradford Bulls and Castleford before rejoining Leeds in the off-season.

Hetherington said: “Every year we have to tell promising youngsters unfortunately their journey at Leeds Rhinos has come to an end, but a career as a professional rugby league player is still in front of them and our hope is some day they can come back and fulfil their ambition at Leeds Rhinos.

“We are really pleased when players go on and do really well in the game. For Luke to come back to the club as its captain and inspirational leader – and an international player – is a great story.

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Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

“Luke has been an inspiring signing and a big influence on and off the field, that’s what was hoped of him and he has certainly delivered.”

Hetherington added: “He is up there as to one of the club’s best signings. Unfortunately, he is 32 rather than 22, but he has such a zest for the game and – injuries permitting – he is going to be a mainstay of the team for quite a few more years to come.”

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