Leigh Centurions have confirmed the signing of former Widnes Vikings forward Alex Gerrard for the 2020 season.
Gerrard comes from Australian side Mackay Cutters, who he joined after leaving Widnes in 2018. He was offered an NRL contract, but chose to return home.
He will link up with Head Coach John Duffy, who was a player at the Vikings while Gerrard was coming through the academy.
Duffy told the club website: “I actually know Alex from when I played at Widnes when he was coming through the Academy as a young lad. He has played so many games in Super League but decided to move to Australia and played in the Queensland Cup.
“He was offered the chance to trial in pre-season with the Gold Coast Titans. But he’s missing home and wants to come back.
“Alex actually trained with us last pre-season and got some fitness before heading for Australia. He’s a Lowton lad and he’ll enjoy getting out there in a Leigh shirt being local.
“He’s a steady head, a strong lad and has got some skill too. I think he’ll give us a lot of composure in the middle.”