BY THOMAS ALDERSON
Across the various instalments of this intriguing documentary series, following life behind the scenes at the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league club, viewers have been exposed to a number of different players to don the Wolfpack jersey in 2017.
Episode four introduces one of Toronto’s try scoring machines; left winger Liam Kay. Distinguishable by his flowing brown locks as well as undeniable speed and agility, Kay’s rugby league journey to the Wolfpack holds some similarities with Toronto Wolfpack boss Paul Rowley.
Making his debut in 2012 for Wakefield Trinity, Kay was signed by Rowley in 2014 at Leigh Centurions, where he made the transition from halfback to the wing in three very successful seasons at the Centurions before becoming the first player to commit to Toronto when the venture was announced in 2016.
Since then Kay has been virtually an ever present for the Wolfpack and has been a stand out performer this season, scoring tries almost at will with Toronto marching towards the League 1 title.
Kay’s signing has been a hugely successful one and certainly one that Rowley sees as extremely significant when he first agreed to take on the unprecedented task of building up a rugby league team from scratch.
“It was a very brave decision for Liam to sign for us. We had no players at the time so for someone like Liam to commit was a big starting point for the club,” he said.
A very popular member of the team to players and fans alike, Kay’s eye-catching displays in 2017 have brought joy and genuine excitement to the healthy home crowds the Wolfpack have brought to Lamport Stadium and the light hearted winger is thankful to his coach for encouraging him to make such a pioneering move.
“Paul was one of the main factors in me agreeing to join Toronto. He gave me a call and really sold the vision to me,” said Kay.
Kay admits to being blown away by how the team have been received in Canada. With crowds regularly over 7000, that are only set to climb as Toronto charge towards success and the challenge of the higher divisions, the Yorkshire flyer can’t quite believe the situation he’s in.
“We turned up to warm up for our first home game and there were only a couple of hundred people there but suddenly six or seven thousand people flooded in to watch us. At that moment the whole experience became surreal,” said Kay.
Wolfpack fans can rest assured that with a finisher like Kay in their ranks, the club will never be short of a dazzling finisher that can turn any half chance into a try; putting the finishing touches on the high quality rugby league Toronto have proved they can play time and time again this season.