Cockayne in great shape for 2019
York City Knights are delighted to announce that veteran outside back Ben Cockayne will play on in 2019.
The 35 year old was a relatively late starter in the pro ranks, making his professional debut for Hunslet in 2004 at the age of 21 and has gone on to make over 300 appearances in the pro arena.
Cockayne moved to Hull KR in 2006 for the first of two spells at Craven Park where he has become a cult hero amongst to Rovers fans, chalking up more than 200 appearances for the Robins. Cockayne also played nine games for Featherstone Rovers in 2011 before a 56 game stint at Wakefield Trinity between 2012 and 2013.
Cockayne moved to the Knights ahead of the 2018 season and has enjoyed a new lease of life, bringing with him a wealth of high level experience to the Minster city and has consistently been one of York’s best performers, growing into his new creative on-field role alongside Connor Robinson.
Head Coach James Ford said: “I’m delighted that Ben has signed a new deal. His tenacity and experience has been vital both on and off the field this season, and he deserves credit for looking after himself and keeping in great shape.
“Ben has been key in the development of some of our outstanding young players and I’m pleased that he will be around next year to continue his important role in the squad.
“I’d also like to thank the YCK supporters who have backed the club immensely by purchasing their season tickets in brilliant numbers, allowing us to budget for the squad accordingly.”
Cockayne said: “I’m very proud and privileged to be staying on at York. The whole experience has been superb, the facilities, the training, the playing/coaching staff are all outstanding people and I can’t wait to continue the journey.
“We’ve by no means finished this year and it’s a tough run in to finish the season but me and the boys will be doing our utmost to finish in 1st position.
“I have to say a big thanks to Fordy and JF [Owner, Jon Flatman] for giving me the opportunity to go around again with York. Once conversions opened up I had no intentions of testing the market and looking around because I’m very happy and I think that’s helping me make a positive contribution to the team.
“The new stadium excites me, prospects of where York can go as a club excites me and to be able to play a small part in all of that excites me and gives me a real sense of purpose and I’m as hungry as ever to keep playing and keep working hard for the whole organisation.”
Knights fans can see Ben in action next year with early bird season tickets now available, priced £169 for adults and £139 for concessions (ages 17-21, 65 and over, students and the disabled).
The early bird prices will be valid until Sunday September 30th.
Season tickets are available at the club offices at York St John University just off Union Terrace, or on 01904 876527. They will also be on sale at the Bootham Crescent club shop before our Betfred League 1 game against Oldham on Sunday and Whitehaven on 23rd September.