Players’ union says Toronto Wolfpack situation is ‘completely unacceptable’ and calls on RFL and Super League to act

5th March 2020, Emerald Headingley, Leeds, England; Betfred Super League, Leeds Rhinos v Toronto Wolfpack : Josh McCrone (C) of Toronto Wolfpack celebrates scoring a try against Leeds Rhinos.

The GMB Players Union has accused the RFL and Super League of leaving Toronto Wolfpack players in the dark over the possible takeover of the Canadian club.

Players took to social media this week to reveal they had now gone a third month without pay, while some of the club’s overseas players have faced eviction from their homes.

GMB is now calling on the RFL and Super League to step up and pay the players contracts up to the end of the season in November, ensuring that the families have means to live and are taken out of the current limbo they find themselves in.

The Union has also questioned the ‘due diligence’ undertaken when allowing Toronto into Super League, labelling the current situation ‘completely unacceptable’.

Garreth Carvell, GMB RLPA rep and former Great Britain International said: “The current situation, pandemic or not, is completely unacceptable.

“We are still waiting to hear from the club regarding any potential take-over. Whilst I’m sure those talks are sensitive, that doesn’t alter the fact that players and their families are left facing an ever-increasing struggle to survive.

“It is time the RFL and Super League stepped up to the plate and took some responsibility for this crisis.”

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The club was forced to withdraw from Super League for 2020, citing major financial issues caused by the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. In recent days the club has announced that they are talking to four interested parties surrounding a takeover, however little to no information on this has filtered down to the players or their union.

Peter Davies, GMB Senior Organiser, added: “As we currently don’t have a seat at the table [4], our players have no choice but to trust the governing bodies and league structures to ensure this kind of collapse cannot happen without consequence. In this case those rules and that governance have failed spectacularly.

“It was their job to see that due diligence was carried out when they allowed the club into Super League, they simply have not done that.

“In my opinion, now pay out the remainder of the contracts to the players up until November and call in their ‘Personal Guarantee’ from David Argyle to recover the money. If that is worth little more than the paper it is written on, then we’ll all know whose fault that is.”


  1. So despite the calamitous situation at Toronto the RFL proceed with another Canadian club. Will they never learn?
    If a British club were in the same situation as Toronto they would have a massive points deduction or be relegated. I will not be surprised if those at RFL who get the trips to Canada will allow Toronto back into SL
    Players have been treated disgracefully by the club and the RFL.

  2. Please can you help,us SL asked Toronto.
    All the money is ours, including what would have been yours. Want help, no we are insular and believe the future, as it has been since 1996 is Huddersfield- Salford in front of a couple of 1000, minimal media interest and no global interest at all.
    Way to go but which way..

  3. The problem is with Toronto’s owner not with the RFL . The RFL has bent over backwards to help you survive in Super League. This should be ringing financial alarm bells in the RFL . You should get the same treatment as Widnes , Bradford and not special treatment to survive. Before any Toronto fans come on here crying over spilt milk , you made the deal to join super league so it’s time to sink or swim . Smacks of O’Connor and Rules this does ,

  4. Toronto club should be held responsible. Billionaire crying poverty. Surely if tied up in assets could borrow against those and honour his commitments

  5. Dear Mr Littler I’m a Widnes fan to . So I know what our club went through and the RFL did nothing to keep us afloat , infact they were ready to let us die and fade away into the History books . Infact did they not want to see a financial plan before the end of season so we could finish the season , got relegated and started the championship on -12 points . So let’s see if Toronto get the same treatment I don’t think so . WTID

  6. Hey Wolfpack agreed to the deal to get them into the league sure, but RFL bent over backwards? Toronto paid to get into the league, agreed to cover ALL travel expenses from opposing teams, and agreed to not share TV revenue in SL. In addition to that, Wolfpack paid Sky to show their games. All to build the brand. The RFL brand. And they were floating along “ok”, building up the largest fan base in the RFL, until the pandemic hit. Suddenly no home games. How many other teams could survive with zero money from the gate, zero tv money, and paying both teams expenses? Sure, you can say the Wolfpack “agreed”- but did they? Did they agree to the costs pandemic? How many RFL teams would not have pulled out in the same situation? At the very least you cannot say the RFL bent over backwards.

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