North Wales Crusaders are delighted to welcome Tyme Dow-Nikau back to the club on a loan deal from Championship side York City Knights.

Nikau joined Crusaders from Australian side Burri Burri Bulldogs in early 2020, but he was unable to feature for the Welsh club because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having based himself with family members in York during the pandemic, Nikau got to know the local area and signed for the Knights ahead of the 2021 campaign.

After gaining some experience at Championship level in the early part of this season, the centre has now joined North Wales for a loan spell.

Nikau said: “It’s good to be back and hopefully I can add to what Muzza and the boys have already done this season.

“It’ll be good for me to get a run of games under my belt and help the club pick up some wins.

“I’ve still followed the club since I left so I saw about the move to Stadiwm ZipWorld and it’s a really exciting time.

“I’m looking forward to ripping in and doing a job for the team.

“It’ll be good to finally play in front of the Crusaders fans and I’m sure they’ve really missed the games during the pandemic.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “It was a real shame the pandemic meant we didn’t get to see Tyme in a Crusaders shirt so it’s great to have him back on board.

“Tyme has gained a lot of experience over in Australia and has been part of a very good York squad in the Championship during the off-season and start of the 2021 campaign.

“He’s a good person to have around the club and we know he’ll add a lot to us, particularly with some of the injuries we’ve picked up lately.

“I’d like to thank York and James Ford for their support with this deal.”

Nikau will be in contention for Crusaders’ trip to Barrow Raiders on Sunday, May 30.

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