YORK City Knights have kept hold of hooker Andy Ellis for another season, as he puts pen to paper on a new one year deal.
Knights head coach James Ford said: “I’m really pleased to add Andy’s skill, leadership and experience to the squad for next season. He’ll form an outstanding partnership with Harry Carter and play a very important role in his development also.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Andy, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to do so.”
While Ellis commented: “I’m delighted to get the deal sorted and extend my time at York for a further 12 months. York have been great to me since my arrival and it was a very easy decision to extend my stay here.
“The team has improved out of sight since I first arrived and I’m excited to see just how far we can progress. The club enjoys first class facilities so with a full run at pre season this winter, we should really hit the ground running, no matter what division we’re playing in.
“For now though, I’m pleased to get the deal sorted and concentrate solely on giving my all for the remainder of 2017.”
In other news York have added experienced business owner Joanne Dickenson to their board, she is a shareholder in the popular ‘Rugby AM’ show fronted by Alex Simmons and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
On her appointment to the board she said: “It has been a joy to see the turnaround at the Knights this year under the stewardship of Jon Flatman and the team he has in place. The buzz within the City and the wider game for what has been achieved is a joy to see and that is why it is with great pleasure that I have accepted Jon’s offer of a seat on the Board of Directors.
“I have been a huge fan of Rugby league from the grass roots right up to the professional game, our sport is unique in its ability to develop bonds that last. It is my goal to help foster these bonds between the Knights and the people of York and North Yorkshire which will help see the game and the club grow.
“As the mother of a Rugby mad 14 year old boy at New Earswick all blacks and a shareholder at Rugby AM I have been able to witness what a positive influence our game can be for the good. Through my involvement with Rugby AM I have been lucky enough to meet many great characters within the sport and I will be using these relationships to help us achieve our goals.
“It is my passion to help Jon make Rugby League in York aspirational for the children of our region and we will do that by developing and promoting positive role models that embrace the true essence of what Rugby League has to offer.”
One person who was happy to see the appointment of Dickenson, is Rugby league legend and Hull KR Director of Rugby Jamie Peacock who said: “I have known Jo for some time and her knowledge of and passion for rugby league is second to none. I am sure her involvement with the Knights will help take them to the next level. It is great to see a strong and fair minded woman as a director at a rugby league club”
Meanwhile Rugby Football League Chief Operating Officer, Ralph Rimmer also commented: “This is a fantastic appointment for York City Knights and one that shows the vision and direction the club is heading in.
“Joanne’s commitment to the club, community and city will be felt as I know she will fully get behind the development of the Knights. This addition is one of many to a growing roster of talented women in Rugby League.”