Castleford Tigers have been granted salary cap relief by the Rugby Football League following an injury to England star Luke Gale, it has been revealed. Gale is set for at least nine months on the sidelines due to a ruptured Achilles injury and will likely miss the 2019 campaign as a result. Castleford subsequently applied for relief and it has been confirmed today that the RFL have granted the request. This has naturally led to fans and pundits stating that a precedent has been set by allowing Castleford to sign a replacement player for Gale. But Hull Live can reveal it’s not the first time the RFL have granted such a request. Clubs have been able to seek dispensation for full season injuries occurred in pre-season since the beginning of the 2016 campaign. It’s understood clubs have to submit medical evidence regarding the injuries and if successful, said player’s salary is taken off the cap. It’s a ploy that has been utilised on several occasions by clubs over the last three years. Meanwhile, Castleford are close to completing a swap deal with Huddersfield Giants for Jordan Rankin, with Joe Wardle set to go the other way. Former Hull FC back Rankin would provide the Tigers cover across the entire backline, though this deal does not hinge on the salary cap relief. Castleford will, therefore, have the chance to add another half-back to the mix following the dispensatiomn.