CALLUM Bustin has gone back to his rugby roots after his Bulls exit.

Bustin’s move to Yorkshire Carnegie will see him return to the union game which he first played in London.

The forward, who has spent the last two seasons at Odsal, was told he would not be getting another contract offer.

So, he has switched codes to Headingley, where he will team up with former Bulls captain Lee Smith. The 33-year-old has come out of retirement to combine a playing role with working for Leeds Rhinos’ foundation. Both were due to make their debuts last night against Nottingham.

Bustin had found opportunities limited last season in the Championship and John Kear hopes a move back to the 15-man game can reinvigorate his career.

“Callum has got a background in that sport so it shouldn’t be a problem for him,” said Kear. “I wish him well with that in the future.

“He had an impact when he came in. He had strengths but he also had weaknesses.

“We felt that at this stage we needed more all-round players, shall we say.”

Bustin played 20 times in the League One promotion year and scored seven tries. But he featured in just 11 games in 2019 and did not get over the whitewash.

Smith, who has previously played union for Newcastle Falcons and Wasps, had announced he was hanging up his boots in January to work as an agent. He played for Bulls for two years before leaving at the end of 2018.