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’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.”
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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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