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York Knights agree dual registration deal with Newcastle Thunder



York Knights are delighted to announce a dual registration agreement with Newcastle Thunder ahead of the start of the 2024 league season.


The dual registration partnership will allow York players to gain first-team game time at Newcastle, who begin their Betfred League One campaign on Saturday against Hunslet RLFC (1pm).


York Knights Head Coach Andrew Henderson, who is proudly sponsored by Haxby Sports Bar, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for both clubs. For Newcastle, it's an opportunity to get a strong calibre of player at their disposal to help with their league campaign, making them a more competitive side going forward.


"From our point of view, it's a great opportunity for some of our younger players who are still in the early phases of their development phase to get some much-needed game time on a regular and consistent basis.


"A lot of our younger players have missed playing opportunities due to Covid-19 and their Reserve Grade sides playing to an irregular schedule.


"Our players now have the opportunity to play consistent rugby league week-in, week-out at a strong level in Betfred League One, which is a great development opportunity."


Newcastle Thunder Head Coach Chris Thorman added: "I'm delighted to have agreed a dual registration deal with York Knights.


"I have got know Hendo and Clint (Goodchild, Chairman) well since the start of the year and they understood our need for help in assembling a squad that will be competitive every week in Betfred League One.


"This agreement will hopefully contribute to enabling that, as well as allowing York players who are not playing on a regular basis the opportunity to maintain game time on a regular basis in what will be a highly competitive Betfred League One competition.


"York have great depth to their squad this year, so I’m really pleased with the agreement."


York Knights begin their Betfred Championship season against Doncaster RLFC on Sunday (3pm) at the Eco-Power Stadium. Tickets are available to purchase online now by clicking HERE.


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