With the upcoming season a matter of weeks away, Toronto Wolfpack have surprised rugby league by revealing that they have parted company with three of their biggest- literally – players as they prepare for their maiden second tier campaign in only their second year as a club.
Dave Taylor, former Australian test forward and recent signing from NRL’s Canberra Raiders, has been joined by Fuifui Moimoi and former Leeds Rhino Ryan Bailey, the latter of whom has recently beaten UKAD after failing to provide a sample when requested. Intriguingly, Taylor has yet to make an appearance for the club and all three were set to play a big part in their Betfred Championship campaign. It now leaves the club three front line prop forwards light and, with less than a month to go until the season kicks off, the Canadians face a race against time to complete their squad.
The news of the players’ sacking came after an incident at the club’s pre-season training camp in Portugal and, while no official reason has been forecoming thus far, it has been suggested that a breach of club rules is to blame. Bailey himself is no stranger to controversy and, along with his former teammates, he will face his own race against time to get fixed up with a club before the season kicks off.
With the three big name players in their squad, the Wolfpack looked well set to mount a serious challenge for the Championship title as well as promotion to Super League but now, if that is to be the case, the club’s recruitment team will need to ensure they fill the gaps that have now been vacated.