York City Knights are delighted to confirm that prop forward Ronan Michael has signed a two-year deal with the Knights after a successful season on loan from Betfred Super League club Huddersfield Giants.
The signing has been made possible thanks to the support of Squad Builder.
22-year-old Michael initially signed for Huddersfield ahead of the 2019 campaign before spending 2020 with NRL club Canberra Raiders.
The Irish international returned to Huddersfield after that spell and, in 2021, has spells on loan with Whitehaven and Swinton Lions in the Championship.
Michael made his Knights debut against Featherstone Rovers in Round One of this year’s league season, earning himself Heritage Number #1910. The prop made nineteen appearances for the Club in his first year at York, scoring three tries.
On making Michael’s move permanent, Head Coach James Ford said: “Ronan is a very athletic individual who has a fantastic drive towards improving. He’s relatively new to rugby league and he was always a player we thought would improve as he was exposed to more rugby towards the top end of the Championship.
“He started the season really well and finished it with some strong performances. We’ll work really hard alongside Ronan ensuring he improves one or two areas within his game and fulfils his potential.”
Michael himself added: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be staying and committing my future to York City Knights. It’s been a great first year at the club. From the start, everyone was really welcoming and I think we’ve had a great season.
“Fordy and everyone stuck by me through my injury and I really want to pay that back to everyone now after they’ve been around for me throughout this year.
“The club gave me an opportunity to play by taking me on loan for the season and then backed me to get back fit. Everyone helped me get back to playing and I picked up one of my career highlights with that win at Halifax in the Quarter-Final.
“It’s unfortunate with the way we went out with the Leigh game but I’m over the moon to be committing my future to York. I love the place, I love the club and I think we’re going in the right direction to push for promotion.”
2023 Season Tickets are available now with last season’s main price frozen going into the new year. Adults can take in every home league match for both our Men’s and Women’s teams for just £199, concessions for £175 and under-16s continue to go FREE with the Knights.