Toronto Wolfpack players make Twitter plea after third month without pay

11th March 2020, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England; Coral Challenge Cup Round 5, Toronto Wolfpack v Huddersfield Giants : Brian McDermott Head Coach of Toronto Wolfpack offers advice to Darcy Lussick

A number of Toronto Wolfpack players have made a plea to the RFL for support after going a third month without pay.

The future of the Canadian club remains uncertain following their withdrawal from Super League for the remainder of 2020, with reports over the weekend that four parties are interested in taking over the club from David Argyle.

But their players, still under contract for 2020 and beyond, have been left without pay.

Darcy Lussick tweeted: “The RFL, when are you going to step in and help the welfare of the players who are contracted to your competition?”

“Technically stranded in UK. No Visa, so I can’t work, no help getting home to Australia as promised and about to be evicted from my house.

“A lot of people have it a lot worse then me, but this situation has gone too far now.

“Three months with no pay for the players, staff and families of the Toronto Wolfpack.”

Ricky Leutele was placed in a similar situation to Lussick, with his young family kicked out of their accommodation that was paid for by the Wolfpack recently, before he managed to secure a move back to the NRL with Melbourne Storm.

Big-earning back-rower Sonny Bill Williams has also secured a deal in Australia with Sydney Roosters, though he remains on contract with the Wolfpack to return in 2021 on his reported $5m annual salary.

Joe Mellor, Gadwin Springer and Matty Russell were among the Wolfpack players to share similar Twitter posts asking for the RFL to support the “forgotten” players, staff and families of the club, with the hashtag “mentalhealth”.

The message was also shared by full-back Gareth O’Brien, who joined Castleford on loan on Monday.

It is understood that the RFL have been providing financial support of £1,000 per player following the Wolfpack’s dramatic withdrawal from Super League.

4 Comments

  1. What an absolute disgrace the Wolfpack players and families are having to resort to virtual begging Rimmer and Elstone get off the fence and help these players even from the government grant you received then do the right thing and resign yourselves and give someone else a chance.

  2. The owner of Toronto made a statement on Sky that the players would be paid it is now time the RFL Stepped in and made this man stick to his word they all have families
    Total disgrace they should not be allowed back in Super League and made to stay in League 1 for at least two years to establish a team with some Canadian players in at least

  3. Not only is this club poorly run , but not paying playing staff for over 3 months is just not on , what so ever . That should ring alarm bells at the RFL and super league . Solution get rid of this failed project . This is not fair to the families

  4. It’s an absolute shambles and a disgrace to treat staff and players in this way.Any other club with the pilloried and discipline straightaway. They’ve gone into administration by proxy. Come on man up RFL and admit it.

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