Leeds Rhinos have moved quickly to cover an injury crisis in their backs by bringing dual code international Kyle Eastmond back to rugby league.
The 31-year-old playmaker has signed a two-year deal with the Rhinos almost 10 years after leaving St Helens.
Since then he has played for Bath, Wasps and Leicester Tigers, as well as earning six England caps to go alongside the four he won in the 13-man code before his switch.
The moves sees him again team up with Sean Long, a team-mate at Saints who is now assistant coach at the Rhinos.
And it comes at the perfect time for Leeds, who yesterday announced that full-back Jack Walker is out for the season with a foot injury, and stand-off Rob Lui could miss three months due to a quad complaint.
With first choice scrum-was already stretched before the campaign kicks off.
But the arrival of Eastmond, who can play in a variety of positions, will provide Agar with welcome options ahead of their season opener against Wakefield on Saturday March 27.
On the move, Eastmond said: “I am excited to be coming back to rugby league. Just like the timing was right for me when I went to rugby union, I think the time is right for me to come back to League now.
"I was coached by Richard Agar when I was younger and obviously played alongside Sean Long at Saints. This move is about me playing my very best rugby and I think this environment and this group of staff and players, gives me confidence that I can do that. If I’m happy and in the right environment then that means I can play at my best and I think that is what is going to happen.”
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