1st January 2021, 12:19 | salford
Salford Red Devils have completed the signing of experienced prop-forward Darcy Lussick.
Lussick has amassed over 100 NRL appearances across spells with Manly Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels before the Australian joined Toronto Wolfpack ahead of the 2018 Betfred Championship season.
The 31-year-old helped Toronto earn promotion to the Betfred Super League in 2019 with a victory in the Million Pound Game against Featherstone Rovers.
Lussick’s brother – Joey – represented Salford Red Devils from 2018 until the end of the 2020 season helping the club to a Betfred Super League Grand Final and a Coral Challenge Cup Final.
On signing for Salford, Lussick said: “I’m stoked to be joining Salford. My brother has told me it’s a really family orientated club, where everyone’s close.
“I’ve lived in Salford for two years now. My house is two minutes from the ground and while I’ve been here, I’ve really noticed the city getting behind the club. You go to the ground and you see how passionate the supporters are.
“I know a few of the boys already and I’m looking forward to playing with Lee Mossop in the front-row, after out time together at Parra [Parramatta Eels].
“Speaking to Rich [Richard Marshall], I’m going to try and lead in a positive way too, through my actions.”
Salford boss Richard Marshall added: “Darcy’s exactly the kind of dominant front-rower we talked about bringing into the squad when I arrived.
“He’ll offer us another big, physical presence in the middle and like Elijah [Taylor], he’s another player whose experience at the highest level will benefit some of our younger forwards.
“He’s an aggressive competitor, who I am looking forward to working with. He’ll also be fresh, as he hasn’t played for a year after representing Toronto.
“After speaking to him, he will be working extra hard in training to get back up to speed.”
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “It’s not often that we’re presented with the opportunity to sign a player with Darcy’s wealth of NRL experience, who also happens to have lived in the city before and has a deep understanding of our culture.
“All of those factors tell me that this is the perfect move, for both Darcy and the club.
“Speaking with him, it’s clear that he’s super keen to get his career back on track in 2021 and have a big season for the Red Devils.
“I’m sure the supporters cannot wait to welcome another member of the Lussick family to the AJ Bell Stadium.”