FRIDAY will see North Wales Crusaders host transatlantic side Toronto Wolfpack at the Queensway Stadium, Wrexham (5pm kick off).
Mike Grady’s men will pit their wits against full-time Toronto who are unbeaten in the League and are favourites to top the table come the end of the season.
However, Crusaders head coach, Mike Grady, says that he won’t be treating the Wolfpack any differently: “At the end of the day they are a team in the same league as us and we don’t change the way we prepare to face them.
“We’ll train as we normally do and review the video of both our and their last games. Toronto are obviously favourites against any team they face in this league but it’s a challenge that all the lads are relishing.
“A lot of attention comes with Toronto – the game is obviously televised on both sides of the Atlantic and so we’ll be looking to give 100% and show everyone what we can do.”
The Crusaders will enter the game on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions, something which Grady believes will help his side: “It’s a confidence boost, and in all honestly you couldn’t ask for a better run to go into this game with.
“We had a difficult start to the season but things seem to be gelling now.
“However, Friday will prove to be a different challenge all together. We’re coming up against a full-time side who train everyday and have a squad packed with Super League talent.
“I think that will hopefully bring the best out of us and that we’ll be able to up our game.
“Though, as I’ve been saying all season we’re taking each game as it comes and this one is no exception.”
Grady did confirm that he’ll once again be picking from a depleted squad due to injuries: “We’ve had some bad luck when it comes to injuries and last week we only had 15 fully fit players available for selection.
“Hopefully we’ll have a few back but we’ve also got a few more missing, it’s something which we have to deal with and in some ways I think that being up against it has only brought us closer together.
“All the lads who are available are looking forward to playing against Toronto and the challenges which that will present.”
Grady also believes that the fans will play an important part in a historic match: “Our fans have a reputation for being the best in the league and I’m sure that come Friday they’ll be singing their hearts out and putting North Wales Crusaders on the map.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to show, in front of the cameras, why they have such a great reputation and hopefully there will be a bumper crowd at the Queensway Stadium.”
The unmissable game takes place at the Queensway Stadium, Wrexham this Friday at 5pm. Tickets are priced at £10 adults and FREE for under 16’s. These can be purchased online or you can pay on the gate.