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Knights sign ex-NRL Sam Cook

York RLFC are thrilled to announce the signing of Sam Cook on a one-year-deal, thanks to the support of Squadbuilder.

Sam Cook will be proudly sponsored by Choc Affair.

Cook joins the Knights having played for the Mackay Cutters, the New Zealand Warriors, Newcastle Knights and France's Racing Club Albi XIII.

The hooker began his NRL journey in 2013 with the New Zealand Warriors in the U20s Holding Cup.

In 2017, Cook featured in the Warriors Auckland Nines team.

Cook has played a total of 82 games in the New South Wales Cup - 72 games with the Warriors and four games with the Newcastle Knights.

His professional debut for the New Zealand Warriors came with two games at the start of the 2018 season.

In mid 2019, Cook went onto sign for the Mackay Cutters to play in the Queensland Cup playing 14 games for the Club, 10 starting off the bench and three from starting line up as a halfback.

Before joining Racing Club Albi XIII where he has remained since September 2022 playing in France's Elite One competition.

The newcomer shared his delight on becoming a Knight:

"I'd only ever heard good things, about the team, the Club and the City.

"When the opportunity came up, I was keen to jump at it and give it a red hot crack."

"It's such a new experience for me as well.

"I've played footy (rugby) in New Zealand and Australia as well and then having the opportunity to play footy in France to then getting to go even further from home to the UK is such fantastic opportunity."

The 30-year-old feels his background can help lead and support the team, adding;

"I want to bring my experience and leadership to the team and a cool calm head to help the leaders and the team out.

"I'm pretty big on communication as well, that's one of my real strengths.

"Hopefully I can bring all my positive attributes to the team, give the boys a bit of confidence and help out the young players as well."

Cook is no stranger to some of the Knights having played alongside a young Ata Hingano in New Zealand and having been in the same circles as Jesse Dee in Mackay.

"It's been almost ten years since I played alongside Ata (Hingano) in the New South Wales Cup in the Reserve Grade for the Warriors so to be able to go out there and play footy with him again is really exciting for me.

"Also to finally be able to play alongside Jesse Dee after spending a couple of years crossing each other's paths in Mackay.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting the rest of the team.

York RLFC Chairman, Clint Goodchild, added:

"We're excited to add Sam to the squad.

"He brings experience, presence and versatility.

"I have no doubt he will have a positive impact on the group as we prepare for the second half of the season."

Sam Cook is eligible to debut for York Knights as they take on Dewsbury Rams for the 11th Round of the Betfred Championship on Sunday 16th June (3pm) at The Flair Stadium. Ticket information will be confirmed in due course.

The Knights will next play at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday 30th June at 3pm against Sheffield Eagles. Tickets can be bought online here or from the Ticket Office next door to the Club Shop in the LNER Community Stadium.  

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