Former Leigh utility Brendan Elliot has returned to the NRL with North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal.
The 28-year-old outside-back back spent last season in Super League with Leigh. He scored three tries in 11 appearances as the Centurions suffered relegation.
Elliot played 66 games in the NRL prior to his Leigh move. He has previously played for Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans and Manly Sea Eagles.
Cowboys general manager of football Michael Luck said: “We are thrilled to sign a player of Brendan’s experience and character so late in the pre-season.
“Brendan adds genuine experience, depth and competition to our outside backs, which is valuable in any season; but amplified in 2022 with the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic could have on player availability during the year.”
The Queenslander is comfortable to play full-back, wing and centre. Elliot will begin training with the Cowboys this week.
Elsewhere in the NRL: Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins sign Rabbitohs fan favourite
The Dolphins, the NRL’s newest club, have signed South Sydney Rabbitohs fan favourite Mark Nicholls from the 2023 on a two-year deal.
The 32-year-old prop will reunite with former Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins for their inaugural season in 2023.
Nicholls has made 110 NRL appearances for Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm and the Rabbitohs.
Dolphins chief executive Terry Reader said: “Mark is a hard-working, no-nonsense type of forward that will fit straight into the Dolphins squad
“He has had some real big-match experience with the Rabbitohs in the last few years, including playing in three straight preliminary finals as well as the most recent NRL Grand Final.
“We see him as someone who will not only add depth and experience to our squad; but a presence who will set an example for younger players on the value of hard work and persistence in the NRL.”