Leigh Centurions have confirmed Joe Mellor has become their 21st signing ahead of the eagerly awaited 2021 season.
Mellor will join up with former Toronto Wolfpack teammates Blake Wallace and Matty Russell and become another member of the illustrious list of fathers and sons who have played for Leigh.
The 29-year-old, who has 137 Super League games under his belt, came through the ranks at Wigan Warriors before making his mark in a seven-season stint at Widnes Vikings between 2012 and 2018.
Reacting to the news, he said: “I was really impressed when I sat 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 the former Toronto lads Matty Russell and Blake Wallace but I know a lot of the other players too.”
Leigh Centurions Head Coach 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.”