Leeds Rhinos have secured the services of centre Rhys Evans on loan from local rivals Bradford Bulls.
The 27-year-old former Warrington Wolves centre willmove to Headingley on loan for the 2020 Betfred Super League campaign.
The Wales international, who spent seven seasons with the Wolves, has had loan spells with Leigh Centurions, Swinton Lions and North Wales Crusaders during his career.
He left Warrington to join Leigh for the 2018 season, before moving to the Bulls for the 2019 campaign.
Evans made 15 appearances for Bradford last season.
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “We are pleased to have brought a player of Rhys’ undoubted experience to the Rhinos to bolster our squad. He can cover a number of positions in the outside backs.
“Last season we were able to bring James Donaldson during pre-season to increase our quality in depth and we hope that Rhys will have a similar impact in 2020. He will immediately join up with the group and will join the squad for the pre-season camp in Spain next week.”
Bradford Bulls coach John Kear explained the move further. He said: “Rhys had a release clause in his contract so he was entitled to move to a Super League club.
“By agreeing the loan proposition with Leeds he now has an opportunity to establish himself. As part of the agreement the Bulls will also get a couple of Leeds players, which will be announced later in the month.
“Rhys is a smashing lad, with a strong Super League pedigree. On a personal level I am pleased for him that he has this opportunity and the overall arrangement represents sound business for our club.”