Toronto swoop to land Matty Russell

Toronto Wolfpack have completed the signing of Warrington back Matty Russell on a two-and-a-half year deal.

As reported in League Express on Monday, the Wolfpack launched a last-ditch bid to sign the Scotland international, who was set to join Super League side Salford.

But the Wolfpack’s late pursuit of the 24-year-old proved fruitful after securing his services under the nose of the Red Devils.

Russell had fallen out of favour at Warrington following the arrival of Josh Charnley and was told he was free to leave the club earlier this year.

Russell moved to Warrington in 2014, having spent one-year in the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.

He scored 30 tries in almost 100 appearances for Warrington, while internationally he has five tries in ten outings for Scotland.

“Personally I’m looking forward to first of all playing with the Wolfpack,” he said.

“I believe my best rugby is in front of me and I hope to contribute to the team week in week out with a strong possibility of making the middle 8s.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in Toronto. I kept an eye on the club last year and to see how well it was going was great to see for rugby league. For my family to watch me play in Toronto will be an unreal experience.”