Ottawa Aces aiming for promotion to Championship at first time of asking

Ottawa’s new signing Jake Moore says the Aces are aiming for promotion from League 1 to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The Aces, who will be coached by former Catalans boss Laurent Frayssinous, will enter League 1 in 2021 for their inaugural season.

“The signings we’ve made are absolutely fantastic so it will be our aim to go to the Championship straight away with the players we’ve got,” Moore said.

“I’ve got all the confidence that we can gain promotion straight away.

“It’s quite a young team but it is a solid team. Most of the boys there have had Super League experience, with the likes of Jack Johnson, Pat Moran, the Chapelhow brothers and Tom Gilmore on board.

“It is a young and exciting team but it is one I’m really looking forward to being involved in and I’m excited to start my journey with Ottawa.”

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Moore, who will join Ottawa from hometown club Whitehaven for the 2021 campaign, believes expansion is important for rugby league to grow as a sport.

“I think rugby league needs teams like Toronto and Ottawa to help promote the game,” Moore added.

“I don’t think rugby league gets talked about enough and it is not as big as we’d like it to be, so I think having Toronto in Super League is absolutely massive.

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“I’ve spoken to a few Canadian fans over social media and the passion they have for the game is great and they want to learn more about it. If you want the game to be bigger and for it to be known worldwide then I think they are the types of clubs that you want involved in the sport.

“I’ve heard that a lot of people over there are really passionate about the sport and want to promote it over there which is absolutely huge because Canada is a big country for sport in general.

“Getting to experience life in another country is absolutely huge for me so I’m really looking forward to getting over there as I’m sure the rest of the boys are. It’s going to be an exciting journey.”

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