Leigh confirm signing of Australian utility Brendan Elliot

Drew Darbyshire

Leigh have confirmed the signing of Australian outside back Brendan Elliot ahead of their return to Super League.

The 27-year-old has made 65 appearances in the NRL for Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans and Manly Sea Eagles. Elliot can play centre, wing or full-back.

Elliot said: “I’m really excited about the journey ahead. I nearly came over to Leigh in 2018 but it didn’t work out and so it will be great to finally make the move.

“Back in 2018 I spoke to Peter Matautia about Leigh and he said it was a really good club and the fans were passionate about rugby league.

“I’ve played at four NRL clubs alongside some of the big names of the game and hopefully I can bring experience and knowledge to the team.

“I’ve loved my time at Manly and got a lot of game time in the past two seasons. It’s been great playing under (coach) Des Hasler and alongside great players like Tom Trbojevic but now it’s time for a new chapter.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me to come to play in England and everyone I’ve spoken to from the club so far have been extremely welcoming and passionate about the game. I’m looking forward to getting in and around the club and doing my best for the team.”

Leigh coach John Duffy said: “Brendan is a valuable addition and brings a lot of NRL experience to our club.

“I’m looking forward to Brendan joining our group and coaching him. He’s played in some good teams and under some good coaches.  I’m sure he will enjoy his time at our club and settle in quickly and add a lot to the group.”

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