FORMER Warriors prop Andy Powell will return to rugby union with Newport Gwent Dragons from the start of next season.
The former British and Irish Lion makes the switch following a short stint with Wigan Warriors which ended in him being released in January.
He only made five appearances for Wigan, made up of two starts and three appearances from the bench, scoring his sole rugby league try in the 34-33 loss at home to Hull FC last August.
The 32-year-old has 23 caps for Wales and played for clubs such as Cardiff Blues, London Wasps and Sale.
It also represents a homecoming for Powell, who started out at Newport RFC,
“I am extremely delighted to be back in Wales. I have very fond memories of playing for Newport RFC and can remember the great support we had from fans when I previously played for them,” he told the club’s official website.
“I have been very impressed through the season with both Kingsley and Lyn’s ambitions for the region. I am very excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to challenging the other Welsh regions for silverware.”
Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones, added, “I am very excited that we are bringing Andy back to Gwent to play.
“He has the X-Factor and brings a lot to the team dynamics not forgetting his great ball carrying skills.
“He will be coming back here to challenge the likes of Taulupe Faletau for a first team spot as well as adding experience to the squad.”