Brad Hey signs new deal
York City Knights are delighted to announce that in form forward Brad Hey has signed a new deal.
Hey has been playing in his preferred position at second-row this year, having previously featured at centre since his arrival from Batley Bulldogs in July 2015.
His initial deal had been for this season only but he has now agreed a two-year extension taking him up to the end of 2019.
“We are very much focusing on this year but we are in the mindset of building a team for the future,” explained head coach James Ford to the York Press.
“Brad’s showed considerable improvement from last year to now. His attitude has always been first class. We always knew there’s a good player in him and he’s starting to show that potential in his performances.
“There are areas he needs to develop but his approach and his athleticism will enable him to improve in those areas, and it’s great the club are letting me tie people down who I think have got a good future in front of them.”
Prior to this year, Hey had started 11 games for the Knights and made eight appearances off the bench, scoring four tries. After catching the eye in pre-season, he has started all three games this term, scoring twice in a York Press man-of-the-match performance against Egremont in the Challenge Cup.
Ford is optimistic the 22-year-old is gaining confidence and consistency.
“Young players don’t always perform to their potential – that’s the nature of the beast – but we always believed Brad had that potential and we still believe he’s got more than he’s showing,” he said.
“He’s showed a tremendous attitude to take criticism in the past and thus far this season he’s performed to a good level.”