Former Toronto Wolfpack star centre Ricky Leutele signs with Huddersfield Giants

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HUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom — Former Toronto Wolfpack star centre Ricky Leutele has signed with Super League's Huddersfield Giants.

The Australian-born Samoan international finished out the 2020 season with Australia's Melbourne Storm after the Wolfpack stood down July 20, saying they could not afford to finish out the season.

The transatlantic rugby league team's subsequent bid for Super League reinstatement in 2021 under new ownership was voted down Nov. 2.

Leutele and former All Black Sonny Bill Williams were the Wolfpack's marquee players, meaning only 150,000 pounds ($257,445) of each of their pay counted against the salary cap.

Leutele previously played for the Cronulla Sharks in Australia's National Rugby League.

"Ricky showed glimpses of his ability with his performances at Toronto last season and in his move to Melbourne Storm where he looked in phenomenal condition." Giants coach Ian Watson told the club website.

"He’ll certainly increase the quality and competitive depth in our outstanding back line and will be a player to watch in Super League in 2021.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 20. 2020

The Canadian Press