Toronto Wolfpack are excited to announce the capture of talented outside back Chase Stanley. Stanley puts pen to paper on a deal that sees him reignite his rugby league career with the sports newest franchise, after being released by NRL giants Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of 2017.
Stanley is a player of the highest calibre and his signature will add real depth and quality to the Wolfpack’s backline; his extra touch of class could well give the club that cutting edge as they attempt to secure back-to-back promotions.
Stanley played his junior rugby league in New South Wales and graduated through the St George Illawarra Dragons set up to make his NRL debut for the Red V in 2007. Twelve years on, Chase has enjoyed success in the sport’s premier competition across two spells with the Dragons as well as stints at current World Club Champions Melbourne Storm and most recently the Bulldogs. In the process he has amassed over 100 first grade appearances.
At 6 ft 2 and almost 100kg, Stanley cuts an imposing figure out wide and is comfortable playing both in the centres and on the wing. Blessed with an impressive blend of power and pace, he is a constant threat to any defence on the fringes and these attributes saw him play internationally for New Zealand on two occasions.
A move to the Wolfpack, and the chance to play on the other side of the world in the Betfred Championship, comes at a perfect time for the 28 year old. Seen as one of the most promising young players at the start of his career, Stanley’s journey has been marred by more than his fair share of injuries.
Numerous knee and shoulder surgeries have limited his NRL appearances, however his ability to play at the highest level has never been in question and Stanley has showed that he is not only incredibly talented, but also extremely resilient.
Now fully fit and raring to go, these characteristics will make him the perfect addition to the Wolfpack culture and Head Coach Rowley was suitably delighted to bring the kiwi on board. He said:
“Chase is a welcome addition to the team and adds real quality to our backline options.
“I’m looking forward to working with Chase and excited to see him play in our colours. He’s a fantastic player and a quality person who has worked within some first class environments so we’re looking forward to him getting started.”
Stanley himself admitted he couldn’t pass up on the unique chance offered to him by Toronto and was undoubtedly excited about the potential of his new club. He added:
“To play football overseas is something I’ve always wanted to do. The opportunity to challenge myself both as a player and as person in a different part of the world is something I’m looking forward to.
“For me personally I’m keen to embrace the culture of the Wolfpack and play some tough and consistent football. I believe this club can achieve its ultimate goal of reaching Super League so this move is the chance to be a part of something really exciting.
“I can’t wait to get over to Canada. I’ve never been, so to be able to play rugby league over there and put it on the map is a bonus and great for the game.”