DARCY Lussick is counting down the days until he is on the receiving end of a strange phenomena – receiving a pay cheque.
For the Salford new boy has not been paid for seven months after finding himself caught up in Toronto Wolfpack’s collapse.
And if you asked him three weeks ago what 2021 had in store, it would not have been rugby league but heading back to Australia and becoming a professional boxer.
However, the prop is now ‘thrilled’ at having to set his alarm for 6.30am to go training in the cold and snow – even though he did reach for the snooze button a few times on his first day!
Lussick said: “This is a big weight off my shoulders. It’s six or seven months since my last pay cheque.
“Three weeks ago, I was pretty much retired. I was done with rugby league. I was going to go home and do some boxing.
“But my first day last Monday was actually the first time I’d set my alarm since March. I set it for 6.30am but I snoozed until about 7.30am!
“Yet I was happy to get up, go out and see some new faces. It was freezing but it was great to be actually sat in a changing room talking to team-mates.
“For the past few months I’ve pretty much been staring at the same four walls!”
Lussick was signed by Toronto to get them to Super League but when they made it, the Canadian dream turned sour.
The Wolfpack withdrew from the 2020 competition and were voted out of this year’s, leaving a trail of unpaid wages and bills as well as unemployed players and staff.
The fallout has been ‘bitter’ but the 31-year-old believes the 13-a-side code was on to something good.
He added: “Some of the best memories of my life are from playing and living in Toronto.
“The way it ended was pretty brutal for everyone involved – players, staff, suppliers.
“It’s bitter really as I know how good it was and how good it could’ve been. I’m hugely disappointed but I’m over it now.”
Lussick is actually continuing a family tradition in joining Salford, where younger brother Joey excelled before earning an NRL return with Parramatta.
Should he be given the number 32, the younger Lussick’s, it could be a tight fit.
He told SunSport: “I didn’t need to speak to Joey about the club, I already knew what it’s about as I’d visited a few times over the last couple of years.
“And the 32 shirt might be a bit small for me but if I have to squeeze into it, I will.”
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