Gale agrees new Bradford deal
Bradford Bulls half-back Luke Gale has ended speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at The Provident Stadium until the end of 2016.
The 25-year-old former London Broncos playmaker had been linked with moves to Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats but, like team-mate Adam Sidlow, he has opted to commit his future to the Bulls.
"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."
Cummins said: "This deal means a lot for the team. 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."
Bradford open their First Utility Super League campaign against Castleford Tigers on Sunday.