Joe Mellor has called on the importance of ‘staying connected’ as Salford Red Devils prepare to take on Warrington Wolves.

Sam Burgess and co have enjoyed a positive start to 2024 and currently sit in fourth place after six wins from their first eight Betfred Super League fixtures.

Couple that with a Challenge Cup semi-final spot and the Wire will be feeling nothing but positivity coming into Saturday’s crunch clash.

Speaking to our YouTube channel earlier this week, Joe Mellor believes the team have to be switched on defensively to deal with the likes of Matt Dufty and George Williams.

He said: “They’re looking pretty good, pretty strong, pretty skilful, so we know it’s going to be a tough game this weekend.”

“I think we’ve just got to stay as a line, stay connected. They want us to jump out and open up spaces for them, but the main thing is staying connected as a team, defensively.”

Mellor has operated at hooker since his move to the club from Leigh Leopards and is looking to kickstart a run in the team following an injury to Amir Bourouh.

“Yeah, it’s been good – I’ve enjoyed it since I’ve came.

“Obviously getting injured wasn’t in the plans, but now I’m back playing, I’m pretty happy and just want to enjoy my rugby now.”

A natural halfback, Mellor has been discussing how he’s found shifting into an unfamiliar position.

“I don’t mind it,” he said, “I’ve never really minded it when I moved into that position last year.

“I just try and see the game as a halfback like I am, but if any quick play-the-balls are there I just want to be there to take them.”

To hear our full chat with Joe, please click below.


View the best images as Joe Mellor completed a transfer to Salford Red Devils.

Signing a two-year deal, the versatile halfback will play a pivotal role in Paul Rowley’s squad across 2024 and beyond.

On his signing day, Mellor completed his first interview with the club, before being whisked around the Salford Stadium for various bits of content capture.

As ever, club photographer, Steve McCormick was there to document it all:


Joe begins his media duties with a signing interview – click HERE to watch on our YouTube channel.


Joe sporting the red and white for the first time.


Joe’s Leigh Leopards side were only successful on one of the three occasions they faced Salford in 2023.


Joe records his message for our supporters ahead of the announcement of his transfer.


Our new addition was quizzed with some quickfire questions.


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Joe Mellor says he has ‘a lot to give’ after completing a transfer to Salford Red Devils.

The 33-year-old is a natural halfback, but spent the majority of time at hooker during his spell with Leigh Leopards. His experience on the big stage will undoubtably be a huge asset for younger players like Amir Bourouh.

Mellor made 26 appearances for the Betfred Challenge Cup winners last season, but he still feels like there is still a lot to come from him as a player.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot to give still,” he exclusively told our YouTube channel.

“I’m getting older, I know that, but I feel like I’m fit, I’m fast, I’m strong and I know what I’m capable of – so hopefully I can fit into this team nicely.”

Mellor arrives at the Salford Stadium with a huge amount of experience.

When asked whether it’s something he can pass on to our current squad, Mellor said: “Yeah, definitely. I think this is an older squad and so was that Leigh one.

“But last year was great, I achieved a lot and if I could do something like that this year at Salford then I think everyone will be happy.”

Reflecting on Salford’s 2023 season, Mellor goes on to say, from afar, he felt the side were unlucky to not reach the playoffs after some outstanding performances across the campaign.

“I think last year they were so unlucky to miss out in them last couple of games.

“The good thing about Salford is that every time you watch them, you’ve got to be on because they do play different and I think that can spook other teams, and I think the way they play, the way they move the ball – it’s exciting.”

To hear our chat with Joe in full, click HERE to visit our YouTube channel.


Joe Mellor believes Paul Rowley’s style of play will really suit his game.

The versatile halfback has put pen to paper on a two-year deal, making the switch from Leigh Leopards, after a successful three-year spell with Adrian Lam’s side.

“I’m excited,” Mellor exclusively told our YouTube channel, “It’s been going on a bit now, so I’m excited to get it all done and start training tomorrow.”

There’s no time to rest for the 33-year-old, who is straight into pre-season work with Rowley’s squad.

Mellor has worked with two members of our coaching staff before – Kurt Haggerty and Krisnan Inu – so he knew a transfer to Salford would be a smooth one.

“I just feel like the way Salford play really suits my game,” he continued.

“I know a lot of the lads who play here already, I’ve played with a lot of them, which is good when you’re coming into a new team – so that’s what really excites me about being here!”

After a very successful time at Widnes Vikings, Mellor’s switch to Leigh has seen him pick-up a Betfred Challenge Cup winners medal in 2023, defeating Hull KR at Wembley Stadium.

A year prior, Mellor was part of the team that earned promotion back to the Betfred Super League, alongside some very familiar faces.

“I spoke to a couple – Adam Sidlow and Andrew Dixon,” Mellor said when asked if he has spoken to any of the current squad about the move.

“I know them well, but I’ve played with both of them. And then there’s the likes of Ryan Brierley, Sam Stone, so some of the squad I’ve played with already, which is nice.”

To hear our full chat with Joe, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.


We are delighted to reveal the signing of Joe Mellor on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old becomes our eighth addition of the off-season, following the signings of Nene Macdonald, Cade Cust, Ethan Ryan, Joe Shorrocks, Matty Foster, Kai Morgan and most recently, Chris Hankinson.

Born in Warrington, Mellor came through the ranks at Wigan Warriors before enjoying two successful loan spells at Widnes Vikings.

After joining the club on a permanent basis, Mellor made 178 appearances for the Vikings, scoring 66 tries.

He signed for Leigh Leopards in 2021 and has since made 71 appearances for the club, playing a vital role in their rise from the Betfred Championship, to Challenge Cup glory in 2023.

A natural halfback, but operating at hooker during his time at the Leopards, Mellor has already joined Paul Rowley’s squad for pre-season training and will be looking to build some momentum ahead of an exciting 2024 campaign.

In reaction to joining the club, Mellor has said: “I am really happy to join Salford for the next two years and I am excited to get started, and meet the rest of the team!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has also said: “It is great to welcome Joe to the group.

“He is a very established player who has had a consistently positive influence on any team he represents. He is highly competitive, he holds himself to high standards and will add greatly to an already excellent group of lads at Salford.

“Kurt and Kris have both worked alongside Joe before and have fully re-enforced all the above qualities.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has added: “Joe is another great addition to our 2024 squad.

“Joe is a player we have admired for some time. Similar to Chris Hankinson, our coaches know Joe well and what he can bring to our club.

“I am really pleased Joe has chosen to join Salford and I am looking forward to seeing him in the Red Devils shirt this season.”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to welcome Joe to the club and look forward to seeing him in action next season.

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