Gadwin SPRINGER on his way to Toronto
After 4 seasons with Castleford Tigers, Gadwin recently joined Toronto Wolfpack, therefore becoming the first French player to join the Canadian team.
His cooperation with ACTIVrep started back in 2013 following Benjamin Garcia’s recommendations (second row for Catalans Dragons), who highlighted Gadwin’s big potential: an athletic player (1m93,112 kg) endowed with unreal explosive qualities for an athlete of his size.
Originally from Guyana, the prop started rugby league at US Trentels in the region of Lot-et-Garonne before joining Toulouse for a year and then the Catalans Dragons in 2012. Willing to progress in the UK, he went to Castleford in 2016 and soon became one of the key elements of the team with 21 matches at the end of the season. He will repeat this performance in 2017 with 21 match appearances. Eventually, he accumulated over 50 matches with the Tigers.
Diminished by a chronic injury in the area of his adductor which should have induced a surgery at the end of 2017, Gadwin took the decision to give up on the World Cup (RLWC 2017) and gave priority to the club by following Castleford’s decision to carry out a new infiltration in order for Gadwin to be ready as soon as season 2018 started.
Unfortunately, the surgery eventually unavoidable won’t allow him to play up until 2019. The club and Gadwin finally decided to terminate the contract between them in order for him to move to Toronto.
Gadwin is now joining Toronto Wolfpack’s ambitious project, and the first professional rugby league team in Canada. Playing in Championship since 2018, the club aims, on one hand, to move up to Super League (it had failed during the Million Pound Game) and establish Canada’s existence in rugby league. On the other hand, the club wishes to increase this sport’s popularity across North America.
What’s your state of mind while apprehending this new step of your career?
“I’m really happy. It’s a new experience given the difference between Castleford and the Wolfpacks’ game. I can’t wait to be there!”
What are the qualities you want to bring to Wolfpack’s game?
“I want to bring aggressivity into the game. I’m a powerful prop and a explosive player. Given my way of running with the ball, I’ll be able to bring aggressivity in attack.”
What’s your objective for next season?
“On a personal level, I want to enjoy above all because I’ve been injured all season and couldn’t play a lot, therefore I really want to enjoy myself. In regards to the club, I’d like for us to move up to Super League in 2019. The team is fully able to do so.”
What do you retain from Maxence’s work regarding this deal?
“He negotiated really well, also he’s been following me for a long time now. Other than the sporting aspect of our relationship, he’s also always there on a more personal level. Our relationship exceeds the professional level. I now see him as a friend and not only as an agent.”