Leigh have confirmed the signing of Australian pivot Daniel Mortimer on a contract until the end of November 2019.
Mortimer joins the club from the NRL’s Cronulla Sharks. He has previously played for Parramatta Eels, Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters.
“I’m really looking forward to this next chapter in my career,” said Mortimer. “I have been following Leigh closely now for the past six weeks and I hope I can play a significant role for the club between now and season’s end.
“Playing overseas has always been an attraction and I am lucky that a great club like Leigh took the initiative to recruit me.
“It will be challenging but I’m always up for a challenge and hopefully we will do well in the weeks ahead. I’m very excited and look forward to a long and successful relationship with the club.”
Leigh boss Neil Jukes added: “I’m really looking forward to getting Daniel over and having him in our squad for a big push at the back end of this year and beyond.
“There are lots of players circling the market at the moment but it’s about getting the right ones that fit our bill and with Daniel I believe we have done that.
“The positions he plays (nine and half-back) are areas he has played extremely well at during the pinnacle of his career, and with plenty miles left in the legs I expect him to continue with our current players to drive our standards on and off the field as well as adding great experience to an important part of our team.
“His performances from this year and those previous speak for themselves, but what was just as comforting was the feedback from trusted players and in particular NRL coaching staff that have worked with Daniel over the years, all saying he is a true professional on and off the field.”