London Broncos’ hooker Andy Ackers becomes the latest of a flurry of signings for the Toronto Wolfpack for 2018. The talented dummy half has agreed to join the League 1 champions on a two-year deal after becoming a mainstay for the Broncos, who have been one of the top performing Championship sides for the last couple of years.
Ackers joins the Wolfpack having racked up almost 100 senior level appearances in the second division. Having originally debuted for Championship rivals Swinton Lions in 2014, the former Wigan junior signed for London in 2016 and has been a pivotal figure in the Broncos’ most recent Super 8s Qualifiers campaign.
Ackers’ statistics are impressive. Scoring 12 tries in 19 appearances for London this season, the hooker shows off an impressive strike rate and a clear eye for the try line. Crucially, Ackers will add important cover for Bob Beswick in the dummy half position in what is set to be an extremely challenging and demanding season in the Kingstone Press Championship.
A tenacious defender and extremely quick to exploit an opportunity around the ruck, Ackers’ qualities shine through in every appearance and at just 23 years of age, he still has his best years ahead of him.
The signing of such a talented young player is huge for the Wolfpack. Although not as decorated a star as some of the Wolfpack roster, Ackers will bring a tireless and honest work ethic as well as adding important competition for places in key areas for Toronto and will be keen to stake a claim for a starters jersey for round one and beyond after rising to stardom in the UK’s capital.
Ackers was delighted to join the sports newest club: “This was the perfect opportunity for me to come to the Wolfpack which is a club that probably every pro player wants to be in at the moment… it’s growing rugby league! I’m looking forward to getting into training and meeting all the boys and the staff, I’m looking forward to helping the Wolfpack to the Super League where this exciting team should be!”
Brian Noble, Director of Rugby for the Wolfpack stated, “Andy has got a great rugby league pedigree and I have watched with interest his significant rapid development in recent years. He is a young player who learns very quickly and I am confident the Wolfpack will provide the right environment for Andy to continue his rapid development. I know there was a huge amount of interest in signing Andy from lots of clubs so I’m really pleased to have made this great addition to the Wolfpack team.”