Knights extend Batchelor loan from St Helens

Published: 4 March, 2019 - 5:15 pm

York City Knights are delighted to announce that popular back rower Joe Batchelor has extended his loan from St Helens for the rest of the 2019 season, with a 24 hour recall option.

The 24 year old originally joined York as a relative unknown from Coventry Bears ahead of the 2017 season, and was instrumental in the Knights team that won Betfred League 1 last year, scoring 23 tries in 27 appearances – with his performances earning him plenty of accolades and a 3 year Super League deal with the ‘Red V’.

Batchelor returned to York for an initial one month loan period and was instrumental in victories over Barrow Raiders, Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions as the Knights quickly established themselves in the Betfred Championship.

Head Coach James Ford – who first coached Batchelor at Wakefield College – was delighted to see the strike player’s loan extended: “Joe is a good player with a great attitude, and I’m pleased he’s staying with us for a little longer. He brings an awful lot of energy and positivity to our environment.”

The Knights travel to Rochdale Hornets this Sunday (10th March, 3pm) as they search for a remarkable fifth consecutive Betfred Championship victory. Travel on the York Pullman supporter’s bus to any UK away game in 2019 for just £15 Adults (£10 concessions) – to book your place contact the office on 01904 876527 ASAP!