Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to announce a marquee signing in the form of NRL powerhouse Darcy Lussick. Arguably one of the club’s biggest coups to date, Lussick has agreed to run with the Pack effective immediately after agreeing a release from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in Australia.
Lussick is the third big name signing for the club in recent weeks and the prop forward follows in the footsteps of Gareth O’Brien and Chase Stanley in joining Toronto’s charge towards Super League.
The Wolfpack have built up a reputation for attracting big name stars. Having only come into existence ahead of the 2017 season, Toronto have made some serious waves in the sport.
After gaining promotion from League 1 last year, the club’s momentum has attracted the right sort of attention. The opportunity for players to play for rugby league’s first transatlantic team, with the chance to grow the game in North America, is seemingly too good to pass up.
This is certainly case for Lussick, who walks away from the NRL having been a regular starter in the sport’s highest level competition for a number of seasons.
After originally debuting for the Sea Eagles in 2011, Lussick has made over 100 NRL appearances across spells with both Manly and Parramatta and will cut short his second stint at the club to head to the Betfred Championship to link up with his new teammates.
They don’t come much bigger and intimidating than Lussick, who rose to prominence on the Northern beaches of Sydney through his aggressive and energetic style of play to become a real crowd favourite.
Known for his powerful running style and punishing defence, Lussick’s inclusion into the Wolfpack squad will add even more bite to the club’s forwards, which already includes big names from the Southern hemisphere such as Ashton Sims and Reni Maitua.
Lussick has a fearless approach to the game and enjoys the physical side above all else. He plays the game at 100 miles an hour, with very little thought of self-preservation, but possesses a subtle level of skill with a good offloading ability and this style of play will certainly make him a dominant figure in the Championship and a favourite at Lamport Stadium.
At only 28, the two time New South Wales City representative is still at the peak of his career and the Wolfpack faithful can look forward to see him make his mark in Canada in the coming weeks.
Toronto Head Coach Paul Rowley was understandably delighted to add such a high brow name to his squad and was confident Lussick would be a valuable inclusion for 2018 and beyond. He said:
“I’m really pleased Darcy has chosen to join the Pack. We have a small squad and Darcy will be a great addition to the team, providing a real presence both on and off the field.
“I’ve spoken to Darcy on a number of occasions and his enthusiasm and commitment was evident from minute one. He’s a proven NRL player still in his prime and I’m really excited for him to arrive and pull on our jersey.”
Speaking about his decision the leave Sydney and the NRL, Lussick was excited to join the Pack and embark on a new challenge in his career. He commented:
“I always hoped to play rugby league overseas. This opportunity probably came sooner than I imagined but it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
“The first time I spoke to Paul Rowley I realised the potential the Wolfpack has to become a leading rugby league team and it was a pretty easy decision after that.
“The boys are doing an awesome job so far working towards promotion to Super League so hopefully I can play my part in achieving that.”
Coming over as one of the Wolfpack’s biggest signings to date, the front rower was adamant of firstly earning the respect of the players and coaches. He continued:
“I haven’t played much footy this year so I’m hoping to get out on the field and be a real contributor to what the boys here have already achieved. I want to be a player that everyone enjoys running out with.
“I’ve never been to Canada before but I’ve heard there is a strong and growing rugby league following over there. It’s meant to be a beautiful part of the world so going over there to play is going to be great.”