RHYS Evans will be back in Super League this year.

Leeds Rhinos have signed the former Warrington Wolves utility back.

Evans is the second ex-Wire Welsh international to be returning to the top flight in 2020, with winger Rhys Williams having joined Salford Red Devils from London Broncos.

Evans joins Leeds on loan from Championship neighbours Bradford Bulls.

The 27-year-old Bridgend-born centre, who moved north with twin brother Ben as a teenager to pursue a career in rugby league with Warrington, scored 37 tries in 94 Super League appearances for The Wire from 2010-17 and also had spells with Leigh, Swinton and North Wales before joining the Bulls at the start of the 2019 season.

Former Great Sankey High School student Evans, who played at junior level with Burtonwood Bulldogs, has triggered a release clause in his contract with Bradford enabling him to make the return to Super League and, in return, Bulls will be given the services of two Leeds players, yet to be named.

Leeds 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.

"He will immediately join up with the group and will join the squad for the pre-season camp in Spain next week."

Evans played for Wales in the 2013 World Cup and was in the Warrington team that reached both the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final in 2016.

Bradford coach John Kear said: "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."

Evans could face his parent club when Rhinos take on Bulls at Headingley on Sunday, January 12, in Jamie Jones-Buchanan's testimonial game, which is also now a fundraiser for Rob Burrow following the former half-back's diagnosis with motor neurone disease.