Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed the identities of 18 players who have made to the last stage of the selection process.
They will now travel to the UK for the final trials to determine if they have what it takes to play professional rugby league.
The full contact tryouts took place in five cities – Toronto, Philadelphia and Tampa in the USA, plus Kingston (Jamaica) and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Find no deposit bonuses in Canada with GrizzlyG.
The remaining 18 players will now battle it out for the final five spots in the Wolfpack’s League One squad.
Many of the players have a background in High School, College or semi-professional gridiron American football, or have a strong rugby background.
A TV documentary series called ‘Last Tackle’ about the process will be screened in North America in 2017.
Last Tackle’s Adam Fogerty is delighted with the way the trials have shown the potential pool of rugby league talent which is in North America.
“America is ripe with talent, and the turnout for Last Tackle’s tryout process didn’t disappoint us,” he said.
“We feel we came away with 18 blue chip athletes, many of whom portrayed the tour’s title – Last Tackle – in the most literal sense.
“This is their last shot at making a professional sports team.
“The tryout process was thrilling for us to watch, highly aggressive and almost vicious at times, which lends itself well to the rugged nature of rugby league play.
“Everyone at the Toronto Wolfpack organization applauds the effort from all the ‘Last Tackle’ tryout tour recruits.
“We’ve got one more date scheduled, and it’s a big one, to decide which athletes have what it takes to play professional rugby.”
Players (age and hometown, American state, Canadian province or Jamaican town in brackets)
Monte Gaddis (24, Cleveland, Ohio)
Casey Clark (26,Missoula, Montana)
Corey Knox (27, Buffalo, New York)
Emil Boggren (21, Toronto, Ontario)
Tyronie Rowe (28, Kingston, Jamaica)
Joe Eichner (25, Geneva, Florida)
Terrance Williams (23, Atlanta, Georgia)
Nathan Campbell (26, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica)
Quinn Ngawati (17, Vancouver Island, B.C.)
Matt Walsh (30, Sydney, Australia/White Plains, New York)
Chad Bain (24, Belleville, Ontario)
Antonio Baker (29, Kingston, Jamaica)
Sterling Wynn (22, Sanford, Florida
Marcus Satavu (28, Sigatoka, Fiji/Sunnyvale, California)
Andrew Zulauga (23, Tampa, Florida)
Ty Elkins (32,Newberry, South Carolina)
David Coleman (25, Columbus, Ohio)
Kenneth Walker (27, Kingston, Jamaica)