Experienced Ellis signs for 2018

Published: 6 September, 2017 - 1:28 pm

York City Knights are delighted to announce that Hooker Andy Ellis has signed a one year extension to his contract at Bootham Crescent.

The news was announced by Jon Flatman at a busy fans forum at the Knights’ York St John University [YSJU] sports campus base last night, as the club reflected on a successful season – securing a Kingstone Press League 1 play off place after Flatman’s December takeover – and set out their plans for an exciting year in 2018 – the 150th anniversary of the original York rugby club.

33 year old Ellis began his career with Hull KR in 2003 aged 19, going on to score 18 tries in 50 appearances, and lifting the old Northern Rail Cup in 2005 with victory over Castleford.

He then starred for Barrow during a brief golden era for the Cumbrians, taking them up to the Championship and being named that tier’s Man of Steel after leading them to the 2009 title and the National Rail Cup final, scoring 53 tries in 94 games during three seasons with the Raiders.

He then had nearly three years in Super League with Harlequins (eight tries in 39 games) and Wakefield (10 games) before moving to Featherstone, initially on loan, in 2012, helping them top the Championship that year and again 12 months later.

He briefly retired at the end of 2015 to concentrate on teaching but returned last March and went on to play 24 times last season, including in all seven matches in the Middle Eights. He played 120 times in all for Rovers, notching 29 tries.

He hung up his boots again, but Knights Head Coach James Ford convinced him to join the new look Knights revolution in March this year. A niggling calf injury has hampered him in recent weeks, but he returned to the team in the thrilling 21-21 draw with Doncaster last Sunday.

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.”

Commenting on his new deal, Ellis said: “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.”