Super League Signings For Bradford And Hull FC
The Bradford Bulls announce the signing of Luke Gale from Harlequins, while Sam Moa signs a one-year contract extension at Hull FC.
Gale has signed a two-year deal with the Bulls and will arrive in time for next season. The 23 year old half-back is Harlequins top scorer haviong hit 160 points already this season.
He started his career in the Leeds Rhinos academy before moving to Doncaster. He became the clubs record points scorer and won the National League Two young player of the year in 2008.
``Luke is a player we have had our eye on for some time and I am delighted he has chosen to join us,'' said Bulls coach Mick Potter. ``He can run the team around the park, has a great kicking game and will be a great addition to our squad for the next two years.''
Gale left Doncaster to move to Harlequins in 2009 and has made 68 appearances for the London club, scoring 20 tries, 83 goals and four drop goals.
He said: ``Bradford Bulls are a massive club and I'm really looking forward to joining them.
``I had three years at Harlequins and thought it was the right time to move. I'm looking forward to the chance of playing in front of so many fans.
``That's what rugby is all about and if you can't play in front of 10,000 people then you shouldn't be in the game. Hopefully I can help them fight for that top eight slot.''
Meanwhile Hull FC have secured the services of Sam Moa for another year. The Tongan prop forward had agonised over the decision for two months but has now committed himself to a fourth year at the KC Stadium.
It represents a difficult decision for the 25 year old, whose partner was forced to return to Australia earlier in the year due to work commitments.
``I had to think long and hard about my situation and my family and it was a tough call," he said.
``I'd be lying if I said there hadn't been interest from elsewhere but in the end it came down to my family and that's why it took so long for me to sign again."
``My family are very important to me and it is a lot of time to spend away from them and I want to thank them for supporting me.''
Moa has been an integral part of the Hull Fc side this season, missing just 2 matches this year for the Black and Whites.
``Sam has been a good news story for us since arriving at the club three years ago,'' said coach Richard Agar.
``His progress has been excellent and he has put himself in a position at the club where he is an important player for us and a popular and well-respected member of the group.
``We understand that it has been a very tough decision for him personally and one he has needed to take some time over.''
Moa's decision to stay at Hull Fc means the club have no room left on either their overseas quota or non-federation trained player list. It means that fellow Tongan forward Epalahame Lauaki, who has been linked with a move to Wigan, will leave the club at the end of the season.