Welcome to the Pack Ricky Leutele
18/10/2018 by admin
Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to announce the signing of Cronulla Sharks centre Ricky Leutele, who joins five other top-level stars confirmed by the club today.
Leutele has inked a deal for the 2019 season that will see him end a ten-year spell in Australia’s NRL with Toronto being his destination of choice as the Wolfpack aim to return bigger, better and stronger next year. Toronto Wolfpack Director of Rugby, Brian Noble, commented:
“Ricky is a huge performer in the NRL and I know he was highly sought after by top clubs over there. He will be our second marquee signing and will add quality to an already strong squad. Ricky brings size, elusive skill and raw pace to our backline and I genuinely believe he will be a huge addition to both the Wolfpack and the British competition.”
The physical outside back came through the junior ranks at Cronulla before debuting for the Sharks in 2010. He now boasts over 100 appearances at the top level having become a first team regular on the left edge.
The Wolfpack are gaining a player who packs plenty of punch, with Leutele being notoriously difficult to tackle. At 6ft and just shy of 100kg, he is extremely damaging both with and without the ball. He joins similarly-established stars from the Southern Hemisphere already in the Wolfpack squad, bringing with him plenty of big game experience.
Leutele won an NRL Premiership in 2016 with the Sharks, which was the first in the club’s history. He is the third Samoan international to join the club after Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e and Reni Maitua. Leutele is certain to bring that winning culture to Toronto and create vital competition for places in a strong back line.
With such a rich and close personal history in the Sutherland Shire, the decision to make the transition to the other side of the world and play his rugby in an entirely new environment speaks volumes about the appeal the Wolfpack has developed in such a short time.
Leutele is a marquee name and will certainly have an important role to play if Toronto are to reach their ultimate goal of playing in the Super League and growing the game of Rugby League across North America. He said:
“It was a massive decision for me to leave Australia because that’s all I have known, and Cronulla were the first club to give me an opportunity. I’m really excited to meet the fans and community in Canada, they look like they get really into and love their sports; it’s great for rugby league as a whole.
“I feel the club can achieve a lot in 2019 and the major goal is to get promoted; I believe we certainly have the team and staff to do that but first I hope to achieve the respect of my teammates and become a leader through my actions.”