Mélé joins Grenoble

Date published: April 25 2016

Toulouse scrum-half David Mélé has signed a two-year contract with fellow Top 14 rivals Grenoble from next season.

The 30-year-old returned to France this season after spending two years at Welford Road with Leicester Tigers.

Mélé began his professional career with Perpignan and spent seven years with USAP, coming off the bench in their 2009 Top 14 Final win over Clermont.

Speaking about his decision to join Grenoble, Mélé described it as "an easy choice" and highlighted his perference to work with Grenoble sporting director Fabrice Landreau and coach Mike Prendergast, along with head coach Bernard Jackman.

"Grenoble are able to give me what I look for in a club, the values that we know, but also a good team spirit. It really was a super interesting opportunity for me and I wanted to grab it," he explained.

Discussing his past experience with English coaches, Mélé added: "[At Leicester] I really adapted to the methods of the coaching staff, the planning of training sessions, the style of play, even though it was typical Anglo-Saxon rugby. That was something I liked during my two years at Leicester.

"Signing with Grenoble is a good compromise, allowing me to stay in France and also playing the type of rugby that I came to appreciate on the other side of the Channel.

"As soon as I began talks with the club I contacted Armand Battle and Gilles Bosch [Mélé's former team-mates at Perpignan] asking for their advice and how everything worked.

"They told me good things and it only reinforced what I thought of the club. It was really positive and helped me to make a good decision."