Knights add trio to 2018 squad

Published: 11 November, 2017 - 6:00 am

York City Knights have added considerable depth to their squad for the 2018 season with the signings of Jake Normington and Brad Delaney, and the retention of Adam Swift all on 12 month contracts.

21 year old centre Swift rose through the ranks at the Knights before spending time at Featherstone Rovers and in France, and impressed towards the end of the season before suffering a knee injury which required surgery. Adam will miss the start of next season, but is well on the road to recovery.

Knights Head Coach James Ford said:  “Adam deserves another year. He trained to a good level and showed some positive signs. His injury was unfortunate, but I expect to to return to the levels he was striving for very soon.

“He’s defensively strong and he’s a big kid – he will be a big guy when he fully matures. He’s certainly got plenty of potential.”

22 year old half back Delaney starred for Coventry in 2017 after coming through the ranks at Dewsbury and spending time on loan at Doncaster before that.

Ford said: “Brad will provide us with some quality competition for places in the halves. If he brings a positive attitude and trains to the standards he knows I expect of him, there’s no reason why he can’t make a starting jersey his own.”

25 year old Jake Normington is equally comfortable in the back row or the centres and joins the Knights from close rivals Hunslet.

Normington graduated through the Leeds Rhinos youth scheme and had a successful spell at Keighley Cougars before originally joining the Hawks in 2013. He left the semi-professional game, returning to his amateur club East Leeds ARLFC before re-signing for the Hawks at the start of the 2016 season.

Ford said: “Jake has plenty of potential and if he’s willing to work hard at one or two areas in his game I’m very confident he’ll be a great signing. He was a stand out performer for Hunslet since he returned to the professional game from East Leeds.

“I’m impressed by his attitude and I’m sure his direct running style will make him a firm fans favourite at Bootham Crescent in 2018.”