After recently announcing the signing of Warrington Wolves’ prop Ashton Sims for the 2018 campaign, Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to announce the signing of a man following in his footsteps, Warrington loose forward Joe Westerman.
Westerman becomes the second player to make the move across the Atlantic in as many weeks, as the England international commits to join Paul Rowley’s men on a three-year deal in time for their assault on the Kingstone Press Championship.
Originally from West Yorkshire, Westerman has become a household name in rugby league since his debut at the tender age of 17 for Castleford Tigers, where he spearheaded the Tigers rise out of the national leagues into Super League. He quickly became touted as one of the best young talents in the game, capping off a fantastic debut Super League season with the 2008 Young Player of the Year award.
Joe is well known for being signed on a record transfer fee from Castleford to Hull FC in 2011, where he enjoyed four seasons with the Black and Whites, peaking to some career-best form in 2014 and was rewarded with his international debut for England against Samoa in the 2014 Four Nations.
Since then Westerman grabbed the headlines again with another huge transfer fee involved as he made the switch to Warrington where he has spent that last two seasons. A player who is comfortable playing in the back row, loose forward and even a handy deputy at stand-off, Joe’s skill set is unrivalled by many and his competitive nature makes him an excellent addition to the Wolfpack ranks.
With Westerman’s career boasting over 250 first team appearances, including two Wembley Cup Final appearances and one Grand Final appearance, it is clear that Toronto boss Rowley is keen to add a wealth of experience to his squad next year as the Wolfpack build a squad they hope will be capable of clinching back-to-back promotions in as many seasons.
There is no doubt that Westerman is hot property and Wolfpack Director of Rugby Brian Noble was elated with his signature: “With almost 300 games under Joe’s belt already at the highest levels of the game, this is a real coup for the Wolfpack with Joe’s best years still in front of him.
The Wolfpack fans are going to love Joe’s powerful running style and fantastic skill set and I just can’t wait for the new season to start to see the mouthwatering prospect of the awesome pack of forwards we are putting together, the strength of the wolf is the pack as they say!”
Westerman added, “I was attracted to the club because of what I’m seeing and hearing off players who are already there! It’s a massive club with great support and I think it’s only going to get better and bigger. I want to be part of a side that gets the club into Super League where I think it belongs! I’m looking forward to getting started and playing in front of the Wolfpack crowd.”