Luke Gale signs two-year contract extension with Bradford
Last Updated: 11/02/14 6:44pm
Luke Gale: Committed to Bradford until 2016
Bradford half-back Luke Gale has moved to quash speculation over his future by signing an extension to his Bulls contract.
The 25-year-old was reported to be a target for Hull and Wakefield, but he has now agreed a new two-year deal which commits him to the Bulls until the end of the 2016 season.
"The club have been very supportive of me and I wanted to return the faith they have had in me," Gale said. "They've been loyal to me and now I want to show my loyalty to them. I'm delighted and excited to have extended my contract.
"The board of directors that are in now place and (coach) Francis (Cummins) are great and will take this club forward. We can put the uncertainty aside and be excited for the first game of the season."
The news is a timely boost for Cummins ahead of Sunday's Super League opener against Castleford as he waits to discover if Bradford will lose points as a result of the club recently going into administration.
"This deal means a lot for the team," Cummins said. "The main thing is that our main playmaker has extended his contract which is tremendous to see considering what we've been through.
"The commitment he is showing to the club and his team-mates is huge.
"Luke had an up-and-down season last year and had a lot of injuries early on but just seeing the change in him in the last 12 months both physically and mentally is incredible. He is ready for this season to start.
"The rumours have been unsettling for us. It's been a rollercoaster but, with Adam Sidlow extending his contract and now Luke doing the same, that's a massive vote of confidence for everyone at the club and what we are trying to do."