York City Knights are delighted to welcome centre Tyme Nikau to the club for the 2021 campaign.
26-year-old Nikau joins the club after a short spell with North Wales Crusaders this year, one where he was unable to play for the team before the season was curtailed.
In his earlier career, he featured for the development squads at NRL clubs Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors.
After spending a couple of seasons with Maitland Pickers in Australia’s Newcastle Rugby League division, he then turned out for Kurri Kurri Bulldogs in the same competition before heading to the UK in March.
Tyme is the son of former New Zealand international Tawera Nikau who represented Ryedale-York in the early nineties and, after initially heading to these shores to play in Betfred League One, he will turn our for the Knights in the Betfred Championship next season.
On the acquisition of Nikau, head coach James Ford said: “Tyme is a big athletic outside back who has shown lots of skill and physical qualities in the footage I’ve seen.
“I was very impressed with Tyme’s maturity, character and drive when we met and I’m excited to work with him and help him fulfil his ambitions. Tyme will face stiff competition for a slot in our 17, but I’m sure that will bring out the best in him.”
Nikau himself expressed his delight at signing for the club. “It feels great to have signed for the Knights,” he said. “From what I’ve seen and heard I’m really excited to be joining the team and becoming a part of the organisation.”
He further revealed that his father still holds the club and city in the highest of esteem. “He holds it in such high regard and said it’s a great place with even better people so I hope to have half as good of an experience here as him!”