Leigh sign stand-off Daniel Mortimer from Cronulla Sharks
Last Updated: 25/06/17 9:37pm
Leigh Centurions have signed former NRL Rookie of the Year Daniel Mortimer on a deal until the end of the 2019 season.
The stand-off joins from Cronulla Sharks and will be available immediately as Leigh aim to get off the bottom of this year's Super League.
Mortimer was Rookie of the Year in 2009 in his debut season with Parramatta Eels and went on to win the NRL Grand Final with Sydney Roosters before playing for Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to this next chapter in my career. 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."
Head coach Neil Jukes said: "I am 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."
Meanwhile, prop Sam Hopkins has signed a new three-year contract with Leigh.
The 27-year-old is now tied to the club until November 2020.
Hopkins told the club's website: "I feel as though I am approaching my peak years as a player and I now want to crack on with realising my potential and not giving myself any excuses for not succeeding at being at the top of my game."