Toronto Wolfpack have strengthened their backs division further with the capture of promising youngster Nick Rawsthorne on a two-year deal. Rawsthorne joins the Wolfpack after securing a release from Super League club Hull FC in pursuit of more regular first team action.
Originally from a rugby union background, the Halifax local took up league late, playing in the academy at Leeds Rhinos before he was snapped up by his home town side Halifax. Nick impressed in the reserves to make seven Championship appearances in 2016 prior to being given a chance by Lee Radford to make a name for himself in Super League.
Having broken through to the senior side late last season, where he made three appearances for the Black and Whites, scoring one try, Rawsthorne was used sparingly in a strong Hull side and spent time on dual registration with Doncaster and York City Knights in League 1, even playing a game for arch Championship Rivals Leigh. With a point to prove, the young flyer comes to the Wolfpack with his sights firmly set on establishing himself.
Rawsthorne is tall, well balanced and blessed with exceptional speed and agility, making him a genuine worry for any rival defenders and he has been impressive in all of his first team rugby to date. Joining the healthy stocks of outside backs already at the club, Rawsthorne still has some untapped potential and his willingness to learn and improve is just what Head Coach Paul Rowley needs to strengthen his side. The Wolfpack boss was delighted to have him on board and said:
“Nick is a young player who covers all the back line positions. He came through the ranks at Halifax where he showed huge potential and attracted plenty of admirers.
“I feel Nick has lots of progress in his game and I know how keen he was to join us. Special thanks must go to Hull for their cooperation and speed in pushing this through. The team and I welcome Nick to the Wolfpack.”
Rawsthorne himself was elated at having the chance to play for the Wolfpack, and couldn’t wait to get to work and play his part in helping the club fulfil it’s high ambitions. He added:
“One of the biggest attractions to me was how exciting the club is and the ambition to get to Super League is something I really want to be a part of.
“This season I want to be able to break into the squad as a regular starter. With that I want to be able to help us reach the middle 8s and gain promotion to Super League.”
The Wolfpack new boy will be thrown straight into the action and is set to make his debut for his new club after being included in Rowley’s extended squad ahead of the Wolfpack’s eagerly anticipated clash with Bradford Bulls for the first ever Transatlantic Trophy.
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