Toronto Wolfpack continue to build their impressive squad ahead of the 2018 Rugby League Championship campaign with the addition of winger Adam Higson on a one year deal.
Higson links up with former coach Paul Rowley at the club, ending a nine year spell with the Leigh Centurions. This follows their relegation from the Super League after losing the ‘Million Pound Game’ in 2017. Making his debut for Leigh back in 2009, Higson made just shy of 100 appearances for the Lancashire based side and scored an impressive 40 tries during his time there.
The 30 year old will now set his sights on helping the Wolfpack earn back-to-back promotions to Super League, having being a crucial member of the Leigh side that went up in 2016, and will certainly add plenty of quality and experience to the Wolfpack’s ranks.
A tall and powerful winger, Higson will add physicality out wide as well as some defensive steel on the fringes and some important competition for places in the outside backs, joining the likes of ex-Centurions Liam Kay and Jonny Pownall in making the move to Toronto.
His keen eye for the try line will no doubt make him a hit with Canadian fans at Lamport Stadium. The winger was understandably excited to have joined his new club, expecting a seamless transition to life with the Wolfpack, with some many familiar faces already established in the team. Higson revealed:
“It’s great to be here and back with Paul Rowley again, I’ve spent nine years at Leigh but I’m looking for a new challenge and this move seemed right for me.
“I have a lot of friends at this club already so the transition has been really easy for me.”
Higson admitted the challenge of playing for Toronto, having spent almost his entire career at Leigh, would be a big one but one he was looking forward to. He added:
“I’m not really sure what to expect from playing in Toronto but the boys I’ve spoken to have told me what the fans and the atmosphere are like so it’s going to be great to play in front of some new fans. I can’t wait to get started.
“I know what it takes to get to Super League, I’ve looked at the squad we have and I see no reason why we can’t make the top four and push for it this year.”
Wolfpack boss Paul Rowley was delighted to bring in a player with Higson’s experience and had little doubt he will be a valuable asset to the team in 2018:
“Adam has experience of winning promotion to Super League and adds some size to our team.
“One of his main qualities is his defence; he makes good decisions on the wing and is a strong ball carrier. He’s a good bloke and a player I trust so I’m happy to have him join us.”