Brad Singleton has urged Super League clubs to give Toronto Wolfpack a second chance – despite going without pay for four months.
The front rower has now linked up with Wigan on a three-and-a-half year deal after admitting he could no longer risk his family’s income by staying at the Canadian club. But he says the takeover bid by businessmen Carlos LiVolsi can work ahead of a vote of top flight clubs on the Wolfpack’s future on Friday.
Singleton said: “I feel like it needs a chance because rugby league for the last 20 or 30 years, we all just sit there moaning. Since I came through the ranks, everyone’s moaned about the structure, everyone moans about something.
“You’ve got here a proven side in one of the world’s biggest cities getting 10,000 fans. That to me is more of a sign than anything that has ever happened.
“Across the Atlantic as well – if you make it there, you’re going to be successful and there are signs there that are promising. I don’t think it should be shut out just yet.”
Singleton is confident that his former Leeds coach Brian McDermott is the right man to lead the Wolfpack into a brighter future. He added: “With Mac at the helm I think they’ll sort the salary cap out next time and won’t get it wrong – they’ll have a squad able to compete.”
The Wolfpack have also earned support from GMB union head rep Garreth Carvell, who believes their reinstatement to Super League is crucial for the sport’s long-term growth ambitions.
Carvell said: “If the vote goes against them then it’s a very short-term decision. The sport should be looking to expand its footprint in America and entice new sponsors to the game.
“The situation Toronto have found themselves in would have happened to 90 percent of other clubs under the same circumstances. They had no access to the government bail-out loan, the furlough scheme or central distribution from the Sky money.
“It seems really unfair that they might not be allowed back in next year, especially when there is a guy there willing to bail them out, pay off a debt that isn’t even his and invest in the future.
“I think it would be really poor if clubs vote to put a club under when there’s a rescue package there for them – people need to open their minds for the good of the game.”
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