LEIGH have made their first new signing for the 2016 season.
Second rower Dayne Weston will join Centurions from NRL side Melbourne Storm on December 1.
The 28-year-old has signed a two year deal with the Super League hopefuls and coach Paul Rowley is delighted with the capture.
“I am delighted to add Dayne to our 2016 squad,” said Rowley. “I am looking forward to him adding good value to our group both on and off the field.
“He joins us from Melbourne who are a club renowned for their excellent culture as well as their enterprising brand of rugby league and so as we endeavour to progress and better ourselves he is just the calibre of person we were looking for.
“I am looking forward to working with Dayne and welcoming him to our family here at the Centurions.”
Weston, 28, currently plays for Melbourne Storm in the NRL hails from Goulburn in south New South Wales and after a scholarship with Illawarra Steelers began his top-flight career with Cronulla in 2007. He subsequently played for North Queensland and Penrith before joining Melbourne midway through the 2013 season and has made 10 first grade appearances so far this year.
At 6ft3 and weighing in at 16st7 Weston will bring an imposing physical presence as well as top-flight experience to the Centurions pack and follows in the long line of distinguished Australian players to play for the Club.
Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “I was impressed with what Paul put in front of me regarding Dayne. He, Paul Anderson, Simon Finnigan and Neil Jukes work hard to find prospects that can add to our group. We look at various options but Paul was very clear and sure that he wanted to add Dayne to our group.
“Having spoken at length with Dayne I was very impressed in how thorough he was about coming over here and ensuring everything was right for his wife and two young children. He clearly has the values we embrace as a club and his rugby ability is there in a proven track record for all to see. It gives me great pleasure to be able to convince proven quality top level players to join our great club ahead of other higher placed interested parties.
“Our best sales people are our players and our pitch is the brand of rugby we play which has been widely evident on mainstream television on a number of occasions which has certainly helped raise our profile. I am really looking forward to meeting Dayne as I know our fans will be. This is another clear indication of our commitment to build a competitive Super League side.