Brining goes into 10th season as a Knight!
York City Knights are delighted to confirm that homegrown hooker Kriss Brining, sponsored by Branches Out Tree Surgeons, has signed a new deal for 2022, in association with Atropa Pharmacy.
27-year-old Brining came through the old Knights scholarship system and made his debut for the club in 2011 – becoming the youngest player to play for the Knights in the process – and made eighty-six appearances across five seasons. Scoring fifty-three tries in that spell, Super League clubs began paying attention and Brining went on to sign for Salford Red Devils.
2019 saw Scarborough-born Brining return to the Knights, making twenty-five appearances in that season, before a further three in the aborted 2020 campaign.
2021 saw Brining cruelly hit by injury but, with both Will Jubb and Sam Davis signed as hookers for next season, Brining admits he is keen to get back to his best while also relishing the competition within the squad.
“I’m really happy to be staying. There’s no other club that I’d want to play for. It’s well known what happened last year with injuries and I needed another chance, really, to repay everybody.
“It’s good for everyone in every position to have competition. Will is a top player and Sam, from what I’ve seen of him at London, is as well so it will get the best out of all three of us. For us to be the club we want to be and can be, then you need strength in depth and I’m raring to go.
On having two other senior hookers in the squad with him, Brining said: “It’s a bit of a relief. Like I said, I feel sorry for letting people down – especially Jubby, I’ve probably knocked five years off his career with the minutes he’s had to play over the last year!
Brining also admitted that he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by people at the club.
“The fans, the players, the coaches… I feel I sort of let them down last year, so I’m really keen to put that right.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them. When you get injured a couple of times in a year, you’re sort of fearing the worst. I saw all the lads at the last game and I thought that there was no way I could stop playing after seeing that. I realised I needed to get back out there and give it another go to repay everyone.”
2022 will see Brining spending a tenth season with the Knights and, on whether he ever saw that happening, he said: “You kind of go with it year by year and that’s what I’ve done. I’m really proud to be coming into my tenth year with the club.
On his retention – which will take Brining into a tenth campaign with the Knights across two spells – Head Coach James Ford said: “Kriss has shown over a number of years that, when he’s fit and healthy, he’s up there with the best hookers in the competition.
“His explosive running and tackling is a boost to any side. I’m very confident that, having two other hookers, we’re in a position where we don’t have to rush Kriss back from setbacks and that we can take our time in getting him lean, fit and fast.”
2022 Season Memberships to watch the Knights in action are available now, with Early Bird prices in place until the end of November. All packages will get you entry into every single home league match for both our Men’s and Ladies’ matches, representing great value for money! Full information is available at yorkcityknights.com/22Memberships.