Teenage duo join Bulls
Bradford Bulls have signed Leeds’ former teenage forwards Jordan Baldwinson and Mason Tonks for the remainder of the season, while the pair will return to the Rhinos for the 2015 campaign.
The pair, both 19, joined the New Zealand Warriors from Leeds in July 2013, where they featured in the NRL's Under-20s National Youth Competition, with Baldwinson making five appearances and Tonks two.
But less than a year after their move, they will return to England this weekend and are in contention for the Bulls' First Utility Super League clash with Catalan Dragons on May 24.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for both Jordan and Mason and it is also a fantastic opportunity for us as a club," said Bradford head coach Francis Cummins.
"Jordan has captained his country at youth level and Mason is hugely talented. I saw a fair bit of them while they were at Leeds and was very impressed by them.
"They now have a great chance to make a name for themselves in Super League, by putting down a marker for us in the vital weeks and months ahead.
"There had been talk of them joining the club earlier in the week but, despite reports this morning, contracts have only just been signed and agreed."
Following the completion of the campaign, they will head back to Headingley after agreeing deals with Leeds for 2015.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "It is always good to be bringing back two of our own players, who have come through our academy structure and whom we have invested a lot of time in early in their careers.
"I am sure they will have learnt a lot from their experience with a NRL club and will be looking to stake their claims for next season when they get back."