Toronto captain Josh McCrone has joined coach Brian McDermott in calling for the Wolfpack to be given a second chance in Super League.
However, they have submitted an application to rejoin the competition in 2021 under prospective new owner Toronto businessman Carlo LiVolsi and are currently waiting for a decision from Super League.
McCrone, 33, who led the Wolfpack to promotion from the Championship last October, has returned to Australia to play out the season with New South Wales team Young Cherrypickers but is hoping to get the chance to come back to Super League.
In an open letter, McCrone says: “I understand both the Super League and the RFL have to do their due diligence to ensure we never find ourselves in this same situation again.
“However, this remains a unique opportunity to grow the greatest game in the world, in one of the greatest cities in the world.
“If we do get the green light from the authorities, I would be proud to pull on the Wolfpack jersey and lead my club through the season in 2021.
“I feared this opportunity might not arise, but under our new ownership I really hope it does and that the decision made by our fellow clubs will be a positive one.”
McCrone accuses Argyle of misleading the players, who have not been paid for the last three months, but is encouraged by the promises of LiVolsi, who has pledged to put the club on a solid platform and says his first job would be to pay the outstanding wages, thought to be worth £500,000.
Toronto regularly drew crowds approaching 10,000 on their way to Super League and McCrone is urging the game to grasp the opportunity to expand.
“We have experienced first hand how Canadian fans have taken to rugby league,” he says. “The city of Toronto loves sport and they extended their love to the Wolfpack.
“The game day excitement is something I have never seen before in rugby league. The atmosphere at a sold out Lamport Stadium is infectious.
“It is hugely disappointing that every Super League team, and their fans, did not get to experience it for themselves this year.
“As captain of this club I have had many dealings with David Argyle. I was personally very disappointed in how he misled us, and it has left a sour taste in my mouth.
“However even with the turbulence of the last several months I would not go back and change my decision to join this club.
“It is more than one person, it has become our family. It has so much to offer not just to the Super League but to the game of rugby league as a whole.”
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