Joe Mellor of Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm that Joe Mellor has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2022 season.

The 30-year-old halfback, who joined the Centurions from Toronto Wolfpack, has played over 200 career games, graduating at Wigan Warriors and enjoying eight seasons at Widnes Vikings.

Mellor, who earned Heritage Number #1507 when he made his Centurions debut in the opening game of the season against Wigan, follows in the footsteps of his father Sean in playing for the club. He says he had no doubts about agreeing to extend his stay at Leigh Sports Village.

“It’s been a crazy year in so many ways with the pandemic and the way the season has gone,” Mellor said. “But I still feel the same way about Leigh as the day I first signed.

Joe Mellor scores a try against Wakefield earlier this season

“It’s a great club with fantastic facilities and the potential here is immense. We have great training facilities and pitches on which to play and train and when you look around Super League we have so much more than many clubs who don’t come close to matching what we have got.

“Leigh is a real rugby town and the fans are very passionate. If we can put together a team that can compete week in, week out and string some wins together we have a potentially massive fan base. It’s all about unlocking that potential and I want to play my part in doing that.”

Mellor says the passion and ambition of club owner Derek Beaumont and the faith of interim head coach Kurt Haggerty was a big factor in his re-signing.

“It’s always nice to be wanted and Derek and Kurt both have faith in me, and I want to repay that,” he said. “Derek has so many plans for the club and we want to achieve something special to reward him. I’ve known Kurt since my Widnes days, when we played together, and it’s nice to know he trusts me.

“I’m determined to get the best out of my rugby career. After the year we’ve been through and the adversity we’ve fought through it will be great to help turn things around and put smiles back on people’s faces.

“If the whole squad plays well together we have the potential to end this season with some wins that will change people’s opinions of us. We just need a kick-start and something to kick-start us to turn things around and we are determined to do that.”

Kurt Haggerty said: “Joe is a very good player. It’s important we as a club retain our best players and Joe is certainly one of those. He is a competitor and wants to progress his career with Leigh Centurions, which is most important.”

Joe Mellor is sponsored by RM Couriers Ltd.