Sutcliffe returns from loan spell at Bradford Bulls

Stand off Liam Sutcliffe is to return to Leeds Rhinos this week following a short-term loan spell at The Provident Stadium.

The talented 19-year-old became a Bradford Bull at the start of March, arriving as part of an initial one-month deal.

And following a successful stint with the Bulls, the Rhinos half-back – who bagged a try in yesterday’s game against Widnes Vikings – has been recalled by his parent club.

“Liam has been fantastic for us, he has provided another number for us – in a key position,” said Bradford boss Francis Cummins.

“In return, we have been able to give him some valuable game time in Super League.

“He has certainly impressed and has begun to work out his game. Having played on the front at Leeds, coming to Bradford to play on the back foot – at the moment – is not easy to do.

“I believe both parties have benefitted from his move and I would like to thank (Leeds Rhinos head coach) Brian McDermott and (chief executive) Gary Hetherington for their assistance.

“They were more than willing to help us and I must pay tribute to them both for their kindness.”

Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott added, "We have been pleased with how Liam has applied himself whilst away at the Bulls and I am sure he will have benefitted from the experience. We are coming into a particularly busy period at the moment with Cup games and the Easter schedule so it was important to have him back in our squad."