Toronto land Chase Stanley

Toronto Wolfpack have signed former New Zealand international Chase Stanley.

The 28-year-old was released by NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of last season and is the latest addition to Paul Rowley’s Wolfpack.

Stanley has made a total of 110 appearances in the NRL for St George Illawarra Dragons, Melbourne Storm and Canterbury respectively. He also earned two caps for New Zealand in 2007.

He has been unlucky with serious shoulder and knee injuries in the past but he is now raring to go with the Championship club.

Stanley said: “To play football overseas is something I’ve always wanted to do. The opportunity to challenge myself both as a player and as person in a different part of the world is something I’m looking forward to.

“For me personally I’m keen to embrace the culture of the Wolfpack and play some tough and consistent football. I believe this club can achieve its ultimate goal of reaching Super League so this move is the chance to be a part of something really exciting.

“I can’t wait to get over to Canada. I’ve never been, so to be able to play rugby league over there and put it on the map is a bonus and great for the game.”

And Toronto head coach Paul Rowley is delighted to have secured his services.

He said: “Chase is a welcome addition to the team and adds real quality to our backline options.

“I’m looking forward to working with Chase and excited to see him play in our colours.

“He’s a fantastic player and a quality person who has worked within some first class environments so we’re looking forward to him getting started.”

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