Former Crusaders and Bradford Bulls winger Elliot Kear has departed Rugby League for the 15-man code, after agreeing a switch to Aviva Premiership side London Welsh.
Kear had been with the Bulls since 2012, but after James Lowes and the Bulls did not offer him a new deal at the end of the season, Kear has looked elsewhere to secure his playing future.
The Welsh international had previously had a trial with London Welsh towards the end of last season, but has now agreed a permanent deal with the club with immediate effect.
“I’ve always wanted to play Rugby Union and to have signed for London Welsh and to play at the highest level is definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Hopefully now I can take my chance and be the best I can be,” Kear told the Telegraph and Argus.
“Everyone is extremely focused at London Welsh and everyone has the view that we can still stay up – it only takes a few results. That’s what we’re searching for now, a result, and hopefully we can get that on the weekend.
“I always followed Rugby Union up until I was 18 in Cardiff and it’s always been a view of mine to come back and really give it a go, and pick up from where I left off with school rugby.”