Alex Mellor leaves Rhinos with immediate effect

Leeds Rhinos forward Alex Mellor has left the club with immediate effect to take up a two-and-a-half-year contract with Castleford Tigers.

Mellor joined the Rhinos in 2020 from Huddersfield Giants and went on to play 34 games, scoring four tries in three seasons. He has made six appearances this season but has not played since suffering a sternum injury in defeat at Castleford back in April. 

Born in Halifax, Mellor began his rugby league journey with amateur club King Cross Park, he then joined the youth side at Bradford Bulls where he emerged as a talent, making his top-flight debut in 2013 and playing First Team rugby at Odsal for four years.

Following the Bulls’ liquidation in early 2017, Alex then signed for Huddersfield Giants where he played for three seasons before making the move to Leeds from the 2020 season, lifting the Challenge Cup trophy at Wembley in his first year with the Rhinos.

The decision to play his rugby at Wheldon Road of course ends Mellor’s time at Leeds, leaving on good terms he wishes them well.

“I’ve enjoyed it, going to Leeds was a big deal and I’ve nothing bad to say about Leeds it’s just one of those things that we have gone separate ways. I enjoyed it, it’s a great place to play, the fans are good and I’ve only positive things to say, but that’s previous. Now I’m focusing on present and future with Cas.”

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith commented, “Alex leaves with our best wishes. He was out of contract at the end of this season and had told the club he had made his plans for 2023 and beyond. We wish him well at the Tigers and thank him for his efforts at the Rhinos.”

Mellor could have an early reunion with his former team mates when Leeds Rhinos face Castleford Tigers at the Magic Weekend at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday 9th July. Rhinos 2022 Season, Flexi and Supporter Members will receive 50% off (the best discount available) their own Magic Weekend Ticket if they purchase before midnight on Friday 1st July. 

To do this fans must provide their member card customer number at time of purchase at Leeds Rhinos – if there is more than one member within the order then fans must provide all the customer numbers.

If Wheelchair Disabled supporters require tickets then they can only purchase them from the RFL and the member discount will be honoured – the number for the RFL is 0844 856 1113 or email [email protected]

Please note Super League / RFL will not be offering the member’s discount on tickets unless for those purchasing wheelchair positions.