Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to announce the signing of Jake Butler-Fleming from York City Knights. The 26-year-old Australian can either play centre or wing.
Jake began his career at Wentworthville Magpies in Sydney’s Western Suburbs before moving to Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers in December 2016. He made 9 appearances for Hull KR, scoring 5 tries during the start of the 2017 campaign before being hampered by a knee injury.
Jake moved to York City Knights, initially on loan, midway through the season with the League 1 side enjoying a dual registration partnership with their Super League neighbours. Jake faced the Wolfpack on his Knights debut, as the Pack suffered their only defeat of the 2017 League 1 campaign.
Toronto Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley commented:
“We have been monitoring Jake’s progress following his great performance against the Wolfpack earlier in the year and I’d like to thank Jon Flatman and York for reaching an agreement as to the transfer fee.
“From speaking to Jake I know he was really keen to return to full time playing in the Championship, with a chance for promotion back to the Super League.”
York City Knights Chairman, Jon Flatman, added:
“York City Knights were informed on Tuesday lunchtime of Toronto’s interest in Jake Butler-Fleming. When an under contract player wants to return to a full time environment, one which we at this stage are unable to offer, we must ensure that the agreement returns benefits to our club for that loss of player.
“As we progress as a club, we will receive approaches for more players and we will make the decisions based on the benefits to the on and off field strategic objectives of the club. The recruitment process occurs as an ongoing process and we will strengthen this squad of excellent players as and when the opportunities arise with funds from the transfer fee.
“James Ford and I are committed to delivering a team capable of promotion and this transfer is, in our opinion, the best interest of all parties.”