16th February 2019, 07:30 | toronto_wolfpack

Anthony Mullally swaps Leeds for Toronto

Anthony Mullally swaps Leeds for Toronto

Toronto Wolfpack have reunited Ireland international Anthony Mullally with his old Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott.

The Wolfpack have signed the 27-year-old former Huddersfield Giants prop on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

Mullally, who was in the Rhinos’ Grand Final-winning team of 2017 coached by McDermott, was not selected by new Leeds boss Dave Furner for the opening two games of the new season and hopes the move to the Toronto club will help regain his appetite for the game.

“What attracted me to the Wolfpack was the chance to be part of such a new concept in rugby league and whilst coming to start to enjoy my rugby again the opportunity of playing in Canada is also compelling,” he said.

“My initial hopes are to cement a place in the team and start to play my best rugby but then hope to play a part in getting the club to Super League and becoming a strong Super League team.”

Mullally, who is one of the few vegans playing rugby league, began his career with Widnes Vikings and spent three seasons with Huddersfield before joining Leeds in 2016.

Toronto director of rugby Brian Noble said: “Anthony has well over 100 Super League games including a Grand Final victory under his belt, and we believe he still has his best years in front of him.

“The Canadian fans will like what Anthony brings to our team, he is an extremely powerful athlete who makes a lot of hard metres for the team.

“I know from speaking to Anthony that he has a great desire to continue his success at the highest level with the Wolfpack, and he will be an exceptional addition to our squad.”