York City Knights are delighted to announce that second-rower Sam Scott has signed a new deal with the club for the 2021 season.
30-year-old Scott first joined the Knights for the 2013 campaign and, despite relegation, was named the Players’ Player of the Year and York Press Player of the Year, highlighting his importance to the team in that season.
Scott took up the opportunity to remain in the Championship with Batley Bulldogs, with whom he spent three years before returning to the club he reached back-to-back Championship Grand Finals in 2011 and 2012 – Sheffield Eagles.
After playing thirty-one times and scoring four tries for the South Yorkshiremen in 2017, Scott returned to the Knights in 2018. Making twenty-four appearances and scoring eight tries, the back-rower was a key player for the team en route to being crowned Betfred League One Champions.
2019 saw Scott make fifteen appearances and score five tries, helping the team to a memorable third-placed finish on our return to the Betfred Championship, before making six outings this year.
On Scott’s retention, head coach James Ford said: “I’m pleased to continue working with Sam, I felt he was going well in 2020 - certainly his on the ball efforts. Sam brings a degree of aggression to our pack which enables players around him to impose their skill set on the game.
“Sam also has a good ability to disrupt the markers, find late offloads that have proved beneficial over the last few seasons and uses his intelligence to identify potential mismatches on short sides.
“Sam will face some very stiff competition for a spot in our 17, a challenge that will get the best out of him. A fitter, faster more mobile Sam Scott would be a huge asset to any rugby team.”
Scott himself spoke of his delight at extending his second spell with the club into a fourth season. “I’m really pleased to have signed for another year,” he said. “Once Fordy told me he’d like me to stay it was all sorted pretty quickly.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last three years.”
The signing of Bass takes the Knights 2021 announced roster to 18: Ryan Atkins, Daniel Barcoe, Jason Bass, Kriss Brining, Chris Clarkson, Ronan Dixon, Harry Dodd, Will Jubb, Danny Kirmond, Matty Marsh, Tyme Nikau, Liam Salter, Sam Scott, Morgan Smith, Marcus Stock, Jack Teanby, Danny Washbrook & Perry Whiteley.
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