BULLS have signed prop Masi Matongo on loan from Hull FC – and he could go straight in at York.

The Zimbabwean-born forward has joined for the rest of the season.

It is a timely piece of recruitment for John Kear, who is currently without Ebon Scurr.

Matongo, 25, has made 54 Super League appearances for the Black and Whites since making his debut in September 2015.

He underwent knee surgery in March after suffering a training injury on the eve of the season.

Kear said: "We had agreed a deal prior to the deadline but because of Covid issues at Hull he wasn’t able to join until this week.

"He’s had a long injury similar to Matty Dawson-Jones but he is clawing his way back to full match fitness.

"But with a player of that quality and of that ilk, we can get him here and help him and he can bring that quality he has with his ball carries.

"He will be in the squad this week. Whether we play him or not, we'll have to wait and see.

"It suits all parties. We will benefit as he will be here until the end of the season and into the play-offs,.

"Every game he will get better and it will do us the world of good."

Meanwhile, the Bulls have received further good news after the RFL agreed to reinstate reserve-team rugby next year.

The plan is to play on alternate weeks to the under-18s academy competition – with a play-off series to determine the champions in each grade.

The entry criteria for reserves remains the same as it did when the competition was reintroduced for the start of the 2020 season before being curtailed by Covid.

It is mandatory for all licensed academies and Super League clubs to maintain continuity within the performance pathway, meaning that it will involve the Bulls, London Broncos and Newcastle Thunder as well as the Super League clubs.