Another year of Ronan!
The Knights are pleased to confirm that prop Ronan Dixon, sponsored by The White Family, has signed a new deal with the club, in association with Atropa Pharmacy.
24-year-old Dixon has, to date, made 73 appearances for the club since initially joining in 2017 and has become a regular fixture in the Knights pack ever since and is now the longest-serving member of our first-team squad.
The former Wakefield youngster represented York at Wembley earlier this season and scored three tries this year, including one on his birthday during our 46-10 victory over Swinton Lions in July.
On Dixon’s retention, Head Coach James Ford said: “I’m pleased to be able to continue to work with Ronan and I’m confident he’ll continue to develop as his attitude towards hard work and feedback is excellent.
“He’s still young for a prop and his best years are certainly in front of him.”
Dixon himself added: “I’m very happy to be staying at the club. Obviously, last year didn’t go to plan for us but I know this year that we’re going to rectify what went wrong and I’m really pleased to be part of a team that wants to compete at the top of the Championship and, hopefully, that top spot.
The forward will be going into his sixth season with the Knights in 2022 and, in turn, becomes the player in the first-team squad who has represented the club for the longest period of time. With considerable experience having left the squad at the end of the 2021 campaign, Dixon noted that it is time for players like him to step up. “Jubby and I have both been here for a similar amount of time, me a little bit longer, we have some big shoes to fill in terms of Tim (Spears), Danny (Washbrook) and Ryan (Atkins) but I’m confident that the lads we’ve got can step up.
“We have spent a few years here now and, with the signing of Liam Harris as well who knows what the club culture is like, the way Fordy wants to play and exactly what is expected of us, I think we’re in a good place.”
A new deal with the Knights sees Dixon in line to continue with fellow forwards Jack Teanby and Marcus Stock with the Knights, two players he has a good relationship with. “I’ve always liked playing with Teanby and Stocky, he’s very good with his footwork and getting us on the front foot. Teanby is straight up and down, he’s a very good player, very consistent, he doesn’t put a foot wrong and leads from the front.”
Dixon is currently recovering from a post-season operation but will be back in pre-season training with the rest of the team next month. Discussing his injury, the prop said: “Against Whitehaven I got a bang on my knee. I came off, put some ice on it and went back on and it was a bit sore but you get a thousand bangs in the game.
“I went home and it swelled up like a balloon so I went to the hospital the next day and they said that it was a PCL and that I needed to go for an MRI scan. When we got that back, it was a full rupture of my PCL and the cartiledge, I needed some of that shaving down.
“I was going to play a few games at the back end of last year but, in the position we were in, Fordy and I had a chat and he said to just get myself right for next year and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
“I’m on the road to recovery and doing everything right away from the pitch as well.”
While he didn’t play in our final match of the Betfred Championship season against London Broncos, Dixon was in attendance at the LNER Community Stadium when fans packed out the Azuma Stand. During his time with the club, Dixon has developed a good relationship with the Knights faithful and admitted he is looking forward to a full season in front of them next year.
“They always turn out but the highlight for me was that London game. The stadium was rocking. They always get behind us, even when last year things weren’t going right for whatever reason, nobody was trying to bag us and they turned up week in, week out.
“Our job next year is to go out and repay that faith and try progress as high up the table as we can.”
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