The Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to announce the capture of former NRL and Fijian international Ashton Sims. Joining the club in time for the 2018 season, Sims put pen to paper on a deal that will see him bolster what is set to be an incredible pack of forwards for the Canadian franchise next season.
The eldest of three brothers, all of which play professional rugby league, the 32-year-old is currently one of the senior players of the 2016 Super League league leaders Warrington Wolves and will link up with Paul Rowley and the rest of the Wolfpack squad on the conclusion of his second year in Super League.
The tall, flowing haired prop forward will add some real firepower and leadership to Toronto next season as they look to step up their charge towards the top after a highly successful opening campaign in 2017.
Enjoying fruitful spells at three NRL clubs across 11 seasons; his local St George Illawarra Dragons as well as Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys, Sims has amassed over 200 senior appearances in the NRL and has also played alongside his younger brothers Tariq and Korbin for Fiji on ten occasions, most notably in the 2013 World Cup.
Known as an enforcer on the field, Sims enthusiasm on and off the pitch is unrivalled and his addition looks set to be a huge boost for Toronto going forward. The experience of Sims will give great opportunities to the younger members of the Wolfpack squad to learn a great deal from what will be a plethora of household names at the Wolfpacks disposal.
Sims, who only just missed out on achieving the treble with Warrington last year, decided to run with the pack in 2018 and proves that the Wolfpack can attract some of the best players on offer showing that the future of the club is very bright indeed.
When asked about his motivation for joining the pack Sims replied, “The reason I signed for the Wolfpack is that watching them from afar I’ve been really impressed with the way they carry themselves for a young new team. The chance to play in front of those Canadian crazy rugby mad fans is gonna be a mega experience and after talking to Brian Noble and a few others who have played under coach Paul Rowley, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Really looking forward to finishing off this season right with Warrington, but then getting into some hard training with my new teammates and gaining their respect so together we can build on the great work they did this year and take it straight into 2018!”
Brian Noble added, “Ashton’s playing career at the top level speaks for itself and the signing of Ashton represents a huge coup for the Club as we seek to build on our successful first year. Ashton’s leadership skills on and off the field have been an integral part of his career to date and we will need these attributes in good measure for the challenges that lie ahead. I know how keen Ashton is to be part of the Wolfpack revolution over the forthcoming years and he will have a pivotal role to play in maintaining the team’s success.”