Mellars makes Wildcats move
New Zealander Vince Mellars is the eighth player from Crusaders RL to find a new Engage Super League club after signing a three-year contract with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The 27-year-old centre, who played for New Zealand Warriors, Cronulla and Sydney Roosters before joining Crusaders two years ago, has proved a handful for Super League defences, scoring 16 tries in 41 appearances for the Crusaders.
Wakefield chief executive James Elston said: “We are thrilled to have secured Vince’s signature for the next three years. He is an incredibly talented player and certainly knows how to get over the try line.”
Mellars is the latest player to take advantage of the Rugby Football League’s decision to make Crusaders’ players exempt from the overseas quota following the club’s withdrawal from Super League from 2012.
Mark Bryant, Michael Witt (both Harlequins RL), Jason Chan (Huddersfield Giants), Lloyd White, Frank Winterstein, Hep Cahill (all Widnes) and Jarrod Sammut (Bradford Bulls) have all secured new employment, while Ryan O’Hara is thought to have agreed a move to Hull KR.
Mellars said: “It’s a big relief to have my future sorted and I’m very pleased that it’s here at the Wildcats.
“The club seems like an awesome place to be, surrounded by good people and a great atmosphere. With the announcement of the new Super League licence and a fantastic future ahead of them, I can’t wait to be a part of great things at Wakefield.”
Mellars is Wakefield’s third major recruit for 2102, following the capture of Harlequins duo Oliver Wilkes and Andy Ellis, and the club are being linked with a move for Leeds’ out-of-contract forward Ali Lauitiiti.