10th November 2020, 12:55 | Leigh

Leigh Centurions bring in Joe Mellor

Leigh Centurions bring in Joe Mellor

Leigh Centurions have continued their recruitment drive ahead of the 2021 Betfred Championship season with the acquisition of Joe Mellor.

The 29-year-old came through the Wigan Warriors Academy before enjoying a seven-year spell with Widnes Vikings between 2012 and 2018.

Mellor joined Toronto Wolfpack in 2019 and helped the Canadian side gain promotion to the Betfred Super League, scoring in the Million Pound Game against Featherstone Rovers.

Mellor has made 137 Betfred Super League appearances and will link-up with former Wolfpack teammates Blake Wallace and Matty Russell.

On joining Leigh Centurions, Mellor said: “I was really impressed when I saw down with John Duffy to talk about the new season and the plans he had for next year.

“Obviously it’s not been the best of years for anyone, but it’s been even worse for the Toronto lads. It’s good to start looking forward to something and getting back on the field playing Rugby again. It felt like the season was just taken away from us and there was nothing we could do about it. 

“It’ll be good to join up with former Toronto lads Matty Russell and Blake Wallace, but I know a lot of the other players too. I played with Alex Gerrard at Widnes for a long spell and have spoken to him a lot about what it’s like at Leigh and he couldn’t speak highly enough about the Club. I’ve also known people like Iain Thornley for a long time having come through with him at Wigan Warriors.” 

Centurions boss John Duffy added: “It was a great feeling to get this over the line. Joe’s a player who is out and out Super League quality. I’m really looking forward to working with him on the training field.

“He’s racked up a lot of games in a short time and there’s something about him which really excites me. Joe has got real leadership qualities and his arrival gives us plenty of competition for places in the halves, but it’s a nice headache to have.

“We have been in conversation with Joe’s agent all along as a key part of what we want to build but respected the need to wait and see what was happening with his previous position. He was a player, along with Matty Russell, we wanted to keep our spots open for, on the off chance they became available.”