Toronto Wolfpack have celebrated their promotion to the Championship with the announcement of four headline signings.
Former Australia international Dave Taylor, St George-Illawarra half-back Josh McCrone, Warrington prop Ashton Sims and Salford’s Olsi Krasniqi have all joined the club for next season.
Taylor, 28, played in Super League with Catalans back in 2016 and has played in the NRL for Brisbane, Souths and Gold Coast, as well as representing the Kangaroos and Queensland in State of Origin.
He said: “I’m excited about the challenge of joining the Wolfpack. There’s clearly some crazy good things happening with rugby league in Toronto & I can’t wait to get there. I’m pretty sure they’ll like my style of play & hopefully it will excite Canada!”
McCrone, 30, has played more than 150 games in the NRL.
He added: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of the first Trans-Atlantic pro sports team and our journey to the Super League.
“The chance to build on the great foundations laid this year and run out at the Den excites me. I can’t wait to run with the Pack.”
Sims, 32, drops down to the Championship after three years with Warrington and previously played in the NRL for St George, Brisbane and North Queensland.
Krasniqi, 25, makes the switch having opted to leave current club Salford at the end of the season.
Director of Rugby Brian Noble said, “As soon as I was made aware that Dave Taylor was interested in the challenge of representing the Wolfpack, I jumped at the chance to make this happen.
“Josh is a vastly experienced NRL player with 150+ games under his belt at the highest level in the game and I am looking forward to him joining the Wolfpack in 2018. His astute kicking game and his silky playmaking skills sat behind our big pack of forwards will give us plenty of options as we face up to the new challenge of life in the Championship next year.
“Josh will also bring great leadership qualities to our group, and we know he will be a strong influence on our developing team.
“Ashton’s playing career at the top level speaks for itself and the signing of Ashton represents a huge coup for the Club as we seek to build on our successful first year.
“We have been monitoring Olsi’s progress for some time and we feel he will bring great value to the team with his significant experience in Super League, his strength and power both in attack and defence and his ability to play in numerous positions in The Pack.”