York City Knights have moved to strengthen our hooking options with the signing of Sam Davis from London Broncos on a one-year deal, in association with Atropa Pharmacy and thanks to Squad Builder.
A Broncos academy product, 22-year-old Davis arrives as the second hooker signed for 2022, following on from Will Jubb, and he will be looking to build on a 2021 campaign in which he made eight appearances for London, including against the Knights in our Betfred Challenge Cup tie against London back in March, before his season was ended due to injury in July.
An enthusiastic hooker, Davis will bring dynamism to the pitch as well as a never-say-die attitude and will be keen to develop further under the guidance of Knights Head Coach James Ford.
On the recruitment of Davis, Ford said: “I’m delighted to sign Sam. He is a tenacious hooker who will provide energy and effort in abundance.
“He’ll add a huge amount of competitive spirit to our middle unit.”
Hooker Davis added: “I’m buzzing. It’s a club that I’ve had my eye on for a few years with Fordy as the coach and with the facilities they’ve got. The general direction the club is looking to head is something I want to be a part of and, hopefully, I can be part of the reason we move forward.
“Having spoken to Fordy, he’s really impressed with the work Jamie Langley and Danny Ward have done with me down in London and he’s excited to coach me, make me progress and give me a few more skills and assets.
“It’s a good opportunity for me and one I’m really looking forward to.
A Midlands native, Davis pointed to his route to the Broncos and, now, the Knights, saying “I came through the Midlands RL pathway, the same as Jason Bass. I played at college and then, at the age of 17, I went to London Broncos.
Discussing what Knights fans can expect to see from him in the amber and black next year, Davis said: “I work hard, I make a lot of tackles and give everything for the team. I’ve got a running game, I love to make metres but I can also find a pass. I’m looking to work on my deception this year and really bring that into my game.
Transitioning away from being a full-time player with London to part-time with the Knights, Davis – the brother of Warrington Wolves’ Matt - said: “I’m looking to get involved with some community coaching and develop that side of my career as coaching is definitely something I’m looking at going into in the future.
“I’ll be trying to be a part of York both on and off the field.”
Knights Chairman Jon Flatman thanked Squad Builder for their efforts in making this signing possible. “Their efforts are incredibly important for the continued development of our playing squad and they are really appreciated by everyone at the club,” he said.
Davis joins and becomes the eleventh player signed for 2022, following fellow new signings Joe Brown, Jamie Ellis and Liam Harris in committing to the club.
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