Castleford have announced they have accepted a significant undisclosed sum for half-back Luke Gale.

Gale is widely expected to be announced as a Leeds player today. The fee agreed is to believed to be in the region of £150,000.

Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells says the club will not stand in the way of a player who wants to leave, while hailing the half-back’s contribution during his time at the club.

Wells added that Cas will announce a “replacement” for Gale “at the appropriate time”.

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Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells said: “Luke came to see us earlier in the year and expressed a desire to pursue other opportunities away from Castleford Tigers.

“Whilst Luke has been an integral part of our on-field progress over the last few seasons, the club’s position – as is the case with all players – is that we would not want to stand in the way of anyone who saw his future in another club’s colours.

“Luke has been a true professional on and off the field during his time with us – particularly over the last two seasons where injuries have kept him sidelined for long periods of time.

“But the club has also been good for Luke; he has become an international player in his time at the Tigers and was crowned the Man of Steel in 2017 on that back of performances that will live long in the memory of every Cas fan.

“He leaves with our best wishes. The Tigers have signed a replacement who will be announced at the appropriate time and in conjunction with his current club.”