Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Photo by Cole Burston
Toronto Wolfpack’s first-ever try-scorer Blake Wallace will be departing the Canadian club, as it was announced over the weekend that the 28-year-old had signed with Championship side the Leigh Centurions for 2021.
His exit from the Wolfpack has come as a result of some issues behind the scenes at the organisation, which has also seen the likes of Sonny Bill Williams and Ricky Leutele return to the NRL.
“With so much uncertainty around Toronto at the moment, I spoke to Leigh coach John Duffy a few times and to a few mates who have played for the club,” Wallace told Everything Rugby League
“Moving to Leigh just made sense to me and what I want to do moving forward. I’m excited to be a part of the team.
“Hopefully, I can play a role and help the team get promoted, because they [Leigh] have assembled a pretty good squad for next season. I’m just grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to getting stuck in.”
It’s fair to say the Wolfpack faithful will miss Wallace. Since signing for the club in 2017 as their foundation halfback, the Australian native has donned the black and white of Toronto 58 times, scoring an astonishing 50 tries and kicking 42 goals during that period.
🔴⚪️ 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚
🖊️Leigh Centurions are thrilled to announce the signing of exciting Australian half-back Blake Wallace from Toronto Wolfpack for 2021.
— Leigh Centurions (@LeighCenturions) September 5, 2020
Before joining the Wolfpack, Wallace applied his trade for the Central Queensland Capras in the Intrust Super Cup and the Illawarra Cutters in the New South Wales Cup.
He will be heading to the Centurions alongside Jamie Ellis from Hull Kingston Rovers, another player who will provide Leigh with some useful Super League experience.
Prior to the cancellation of the 2020 Championship season, the Centurions were sitting in second place on the Championship table with a record of four wins, no losses, and a game in hand over ladder leaders Toulouse Olympique XIII.
If he remains at the club next season, former NRL player and Malta International Jarrod Sammut will likely be Wallace’s partner in the halves.