Ottawa Aces to hold trials for Canadian players with chance to earn full-time contract

Drew Darbyshire

Ottawa Aces are already building their squad for the 2021 season.

Ottawa Aces have announced they will hold trials for Canadian players once coronavirus restrictions are lifted in the country.

The Rugby Football League will welcome Ottawa Aces in to League 1 in 2021, and the game’s latest franchise are on the lookout for Canadian players.

If selected by the Ottawa coaches, the trialist will be rewarded with a full-time professional contract with the club.

The Aces will be offering up to 10 contracts for their maiden campaign in 2021. Players can expect to spend four or months of the year in England and the rest of the year at their Ottawa base in Canada.

With founder Eric Perez aiming to expand the game in North America, the trials will be for Canadian athletes only and players must hold a Canadian passport to be eligible for selection.

No date has yet been given for the trials due to the coronavirus pandemic – but the Aces have confirmed they will hold trials for Canadian athletes once restrictions are lifted.

An Ottawa spokesman said: “Rugby league is one of the toughest, most exciting sports on the planet.

“It requires strength, skill, bravery and athleticism. We at the Ottawa Aces believe these are qualities Canadian athletes have in abundance. Are there any athletes in Canada that feel they can make the team?

“The Ottawa Aces want to know – and if the answer is yes, we want them on our side.

“Whether they’re a football player, rugby player, hockey player or just a gifted athlete who thinks they can play the greatest game of all, this is their chance to prove it.”

For any Canadian players who are interested in taking part in the trials, email

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