Canadian based outfit Toronto Wolfpack have been ever present in the news this off season for various reasons, however this time it’s to announce the immediate release of three of their high-profile players, just weeks before the start of the British Championship season.
Included in the trio is former Australian International and ex Catalan Dragons player Dave Taylor who has yet to play a game for the wolfpack since joining from NRL side Canberra raiders during the winter. He is joined by fan favourite, ex Kiwi, Parramatta and Leigh Centurions star Fuifui Moimoi and ex Great Britain and Leeds Rhinos prop forward Ryan Bailey.
The announcement was made as the team arrived back at their Manchester base after a week of warm weather training in Portugal and although no reason has yet been identified or announced the club’s brief statement stated:
“Fuifui Moimoi, Ryan Bailey and Dave Taylor have left Toronto Wolfpack by mutual agreement.
“The club thanks the players for their efforts and we wish them well in their future careers.”
This decision is a blow to the club as it leaves them drastically short of experienced front rowers so close to the season commencing as their look to continue their rise to Super league after entering the British competition and dominating in their first year in Championship 1, gaining promotion at the first attempt.
In other news the club have named new signings Josh McCrone and Ashton Sims as the Captain and Vice-Captain for the coming season.
Scrumhalf McCrone has over 150 NRL appearances playing for St George Illawarra and Canberra, while Sim’s has just returned from staring for Fiji in last years World cup having spent the last two seasons playing for Warrington in Super League.