The Toronto Wolfpack are pleased to announce that they have signed a deal with current Salford Red Devils forward Olsi Krasniqi. Krasniqi has agreed to join the Kingstone Press League 1 champions from next season.
The stocky and explosive prop is at home in both the front row and back row and has even played in the loose forward role for Ian Watson’s Red Devils this term, and will no doubt add some versatility to Toronto’s forward pack.
Playing the majority of his 100 plus senior game career for next year’s Championship rivals, London Broncos, Krasniqi’s uniqueness is that he is the only professional Albanian rugby league player to play in the English leagues. He will join the likes of Canadian born Wolfpack youngster Quinn Ngawati in flying the flag for his country in Toronto’s highly nationally diverse squad.
Born in Tirana, Albania, Krasniqi moved to England where he was raised before coming through the junior ranks at Harlequins RL (now London Broncos). Making his debut at just 17, he went on to play 91 games for the club before hooking up with Salford, where he has spent the last two seasons. He is seen by many as a real success story for the production line of rugby league talent coming from the nation’s capital.
Krasniqi is well known for his tremendous work ethic and is a valuable asset to any side. Able to play long minutes, the Albanian has the appetite for huge defensive work and has no lack of skill with the ball either. He will be a real snare for the Wolfpack as they step up their preparation for life in the RFL’s second tier competition.
There is no doubt that Krasniqi’s Super League experience will benefit the Wolfpack squad in their bid to reach the heights of the country’s premier competition by 2019 and his signature is a testimony to the success of the club so far.
At only 25 years of age, Krasniqi still has his best years of Rugby League ahead of him and we’ll look forward to him running out in Wolfpack colours from next year.
When asked about the signing, Krasiniqi said: “I signed because being a part of the Wolfpack journey is hugely appealing to me and I’m really looking forward to joining the Wolfpack and hopefully helping create some more history with a push to Super League.”
Toronto’s Director of Rugby Brian Noble added, “We have been monitoring Olsi’s progress for some time and we feel he will bring great value to the team with his significant experience in Super League, his strength and power both in attack and defence and his ability to play in numerous positions in The Pack. He is coming off a big season with Salford Red Devils and we expect Olsi to continue to develop further with the Wolfpack as he has his best years in front of him in the game”