Leigh Centurions scrum half Joe Mellor is looking forward to returning to pre-season training and when asked about his target for 2022, he hardly had to think before saying, “Promotion.”

He was, however, mindful that it won’t be easy next year as he mentioned how tough the Betfred Championship would be, by saying, “I think Featherstone Rovers will be a big threat along with Newcastle who have now gone full time. Halifax Panthers will, I think be in the mix too.”

When asked about Cornwall having a team in League One Joe said, “It’s a long trip down there if we were to be drawn in the cup, but spare a thought for their squad who will be having to make six hour trips every other week for away games.”

Regarding pre-season training Joe said, “I haven’t been away as I just wanted to chill out after the season we have just had. It was a tough season with Covid interruptions and no crowds early in the year. As we went into August, we knew a win wasn’t far away and that victory over Salford here at Leigh Sports Village did all the club good as well as our loyal fans.”

Having played in the Championship, Joe said, “It’s a bit slower than Super League as you would expect but it’s a lot more physical. I don’t mind the all-weather pitches as I played at Widnes for a few seasons and it’s something you get used to.”

Reflecting on 2021 Joe said: “I know we only won a couple of games but the opening fixture against Wigan could have gone our way, we pushed Catalans down here at Leigh Sports Village, Wakefield away when we were down to one front rower and the televised game here against Hull Kingston Rovers could all have gone our way.”

“That’s all in the past though. The opening games of 2022 are only 12 weeks away, and preseason training starts on 15th November. I am looking forward to it and meeting my new team-mates.”