Toronto Wolfpack are pleased to announce new recruit Josh McCrone as club captain for the 2018 season. Australian scrum half McCrone will lead the side this term alongside fellow new face Ashton Sims, who will be the club’s vice-captain.
McCrone touched down at Wolfpack HQ just over a month ago having signed mid-way through 2017 from St George Illawarra Dragons. He has slotted seamlessly into life at the Wolfpack, showcasing a high level of leadership and organisational skills that the club has been looking for since gaining promotion from League 1.
A veteran of over 150 NRL games, McCrone is one of the most experienced members of the Wolfpack squad and is certainly no stranger to leading on the field. Having played in the halves for his entire 9-year career so far McCrone’s communication on and off the field is second to none. This, combined with his ambition and drive for success, makes him the ideal candidate to lead a Wolfpack side aiming for big things in the Rugby League Championship.
Speaking from the Wolfpack’s warm weather training camp in Portugal, McCrone was understandably delighted to inherit the captaincy for 2018. He said:
“It’s an absolute honour for me. I’ve always seen myself as a leader on the field but this is the first time I’ve actually been a club captain so this is the next step in my career.
“As a half back you are always expected to steer the team around the park but to get to lead them on and off the field is something I’m very excited about.
“I want a strong personality next to me when I’m making decisions and it’s great to have someone like Ashton (Sims) alongside me who is a big personality and a big voice too.”
Fiji international Sims linked up with his new team mates just before Christmas, having played in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and has made an instant impression with his confident and commanding presence around training.
Having signed from Super League giants Warrington Wolves, ending a two year spell that included a Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final appearance, Sims has achieved feats at the very top of the sport. His fearlessness and natural leadership in the middle of the field makes him the perfect player to support McCrone.
Sims was similarly excited about the prospect of leading the club in the build up to what should be a huge season for the Wolfpack, and was confident of setting a good example for some of the club’s younger members. He commented:
“To know I have the support of the coaching staff and the players is something I hold in high regard so this is a huge honour.
“Any experience I can pass on to some of the younger players I’d be more than happy to do so. I want the players to know that whatever happens I always have their back on and off the field.”
Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley was very happy with his new leadership duo, explaining that together they provide the perfect balance of qualities to guide the side for 2018. He added:
“Josh is a very eloquent and strong communicator. What he says is final and if there is any breakdown in play he gives clarity to the rest of the group quickly and precisely. He gives the players a solution and instructions on how to move forward and he’s really stepped up to the mark this week.
“Ashton is one of a number of leaders within the team who leads with his actions and is very vocal too. He plays long minutes and speaks common sense off the field as well as being very strong and enthusiastic on it and I want him to have the freedom to display that for us this season.
“Both of them are a good partnership. They are both strong and make tough decision and they have really shown these qualities at this camp. The other players fully support that these are the two best players to lead this group.”
To watch video interviews with Josh McCrone, Ashton Sims and Paul Rowley please visit the Toronto Wolfpack YouTube page.