Toronto Wolfpack’s recruitment drive shows no signs of slowing as the club announce the signing of talented NRL half back Josh McCrone for the 2018 season. The 30-year-old is a veteran in the southern hemisphere of over 150 NRL games and is currently playing for the playoff bound St George Illawarra Dragons.
Prior to the Dragons, McCrone played the majority of his first-grade games at Canberra where he was a mainstay in the spine of the team for six seasons. Possessing tremendous organisational skills that work in tandem with a strong kicking game, McCrone will be a fantastic addition to Toronto’s healthy half back stocks and will provide valuable competition for the Wolfpack’s current playmakers Blake Wallace, Rhys Jacks and Ryan Brierley.
Snaring the signature of a player such as McCrone speaks volumes about the club and throws down a marker to the rest of English rugby league that the Wolfpack are no one season wonder; they mean business and intend to put together a squad capable of mixing it with the very best the game has to offer, of which McCrone will certainly play a huge part.
The prospect of such a high-quality half back playing behind the bullocking Wolfpack forwards, as well as combining with the hugely talented backs division at the club, only serves to excite Rugby League fans all around.
McCrone says, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of the first Trans-Atlantic pro sports team and our journey to the Super League. The chance to build on the great foundations laid this year and run out at the Den excites me. I can’t wait to run with the Pack.”
Toronto Wolfpack director of Rugby Brian Noble had this to say, “Josh is a vastly experienced NRL player with 150+ games under his belt at the highest level in the game and I am looking forward to him joining the Wolfpack in 2018. His astute kicking game and his silky playmaking skills sat behind our big pack of forwards will give us plenty of options as we face up to the new challenge of life in the Championship next year. Josh will also bring great leadership qualities to our group, and we know he will be a strong influence on our developing team.”
The Wolfpack looks forward to welcoming McCrone to the team subject to visa clearance into the UK.