Leigh captain Joe Mellor has silenced speculation by signing a two-year deal with Leigh, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2024.
The 31-year-old has been a key player for Adrian Lam’s side this season, scoring eight tries in 18 appearances.
Mellor has been linked with a move to Super League recently, but Leigh head of rugby Chris Chester says he is pleased to put the rumours to bed.
Chester said: “Joe Mellor has had a consistent year and good half backs in this country are very difficult to come by.
“The relationship he has with the spine of the team is positive and we are looking forward to that combination getting stronger in 2023.
“We know that there has been a little bit of speculation surrounding Joe’s future at the club. However, we are very glad to put those rumours to bed with this announcement of a two-year deal.”
Joe Mellor happy to commit future to Leigh
Mellor has made more than 200 career appearances for Wigan, Widnes, Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh.
He said: “I think we’ve had a really good start to the year and hopefully we can keep as many of the players as we can moving forward through the next couple of seasons.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here this season. Last year was tough but we have a really good group of lads here and hopefully we can keep building the momentum until the end of the year.
“Personally, I just want to keep improving. I am not exactly a young kid anymore, so I just want to keep maturing my game and hopefully get better each year with every game I play.”