Squadbuilder help Knights get Horne-y!

Published: 19 November, 2017 - 8:50 pm

York City Knights have made another notable addition to their 2018 squad with the signing of hugely experienced Graeme Horne from Hull KR.

The 32 year old forward has enjoyed a long Super League career, racking up over 250 top flight appearances with Hull FC, Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR, and has signed a one year deal at Bootham Crescent – linking up with former Rovers team mate Ben Cockayne. Graeme will also take on an Assistant Coaching role.

A broken thumb restricted vice-captain Horne to just 7 appearances in KR’s promotion winning squad in 2017 – plus two games on dual registration for the Knights.

Knights Head Coach James Ford said: “I’m delighted to get a player with the ability and experience of Graeme. He’s a proven Super League player, a good clubman and a good person to have around the group.

“Replacing Johnny [Presley] was important and Graeme will bring an experienced alternative viewpoint in terms of coaching – he’s someone I’m really looking forward to working with.

“He’s played a lot of rugby throughout his career and he’s been involved in big matches, whilst he’s also previously captained his former clubs on multiple occasions. I’m confident he’ll improve our standards on and off the field.

“Being able to attract players of the calibre of Graeme and Ben [Cockayne] shows the measure of the quality of the environment here – the coaching, the facilities and what we’re trying to achieve.

“Finally I would just like to thank the Squadbuilder for helping the club get this deal over the line. The contribution from the fans makes a huge difference in helping to bring players of Graeme’s calibre to the club. It is massively appreciated.”

Commenting on the move, Horne said: “I’m really pleased to have signed for York. The facilities here are absolutely fantastic, and James & Jon [Flatman] really sold the well respected culture and environment of the club to me.

“They’re putting together a squad capable of challenging for promotion in a very competitive league and I’m excited to be a part of that. The opportunity for me to start to cut my teeth in coaching under a Head Coach like James Ford really excites me also.

“I played and watched a few Knights games last season and the fans were absolutely fantastic. I’m really looking forward to running out in front of them at Bootham Crescent next year – especially in that huge opening game against former Super League Champions Bradford Bulls on the opening day!”