Date published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The club have today completed the signing of 27 year old Paul Ballard.

The flyer, who played under coach Tony Benson at Leigh arrives on a deal to the 30th of November after fully recovering from a knee operation following an injury at his last club, Blackpool.

He can play on the wing, at full back and at centre and is a player Benson had targeted with his extensive experience both in the Championship and Super League.

Ballard moved to Widnes following his spell at Leigh and then onto the now defunct Celtic Crusaders playing in all three professional divisions with that club following their rise through the professional ranks.

After a successful spell playing Super League with the South Wales club and their subsequent demise he played for Blackpool in the 2010 season where he suffered the injury which saw him make the decision to not play at all in 2011 in order to get himself back to full fitness ready for this year.

Ballard is known for his pace and try scoring ability and is sure to be a strike player for the club who are delighted to confirm his capture despite competition from other clubs including Barrow where his brother, and former Oldham player Andy, is still playing.

Ballard will come straight into the reckoning for Sundays last pre season fixture at Featherstone, kick off 3pm.