Stock extends Knights stay!
York City Knights are pleased to confirm that forward Marcus Stock, sponsored by All Design & Print, has signed a new one-year deal with the club for 2022 in association with Atropa Pharmacy and thanks to Squad Builder.
Stock, 25, joined the club ahead of 2019 and made an impression, becoming a key part of the Knights team that secured a third-placed finish in our return to the second tier. A player who has improved throughout his time with the club, Stock extends his stay in the amber and black to a fourth year. To date, Stock has made 56 appearances since his Knights debut away to Dewsbury Rams in February 2019, scoring thirteen tries.
On Stock’s retention, Knights Head Coach James Ford said: “Marcus has impressed everyone at the club with his rate of development. He’s matured into a good, attacking middle with ample room for development.
“He’s a hardworking and coachable bloke who takes ownership of his own development, which is an outstanding trait.”
On signing his new deal, Stock himself added: “It’s brilliant. It’s an amazing outcome. I’ve really enjoyed my three years with the Knights so far and I’m looking forward to making that a fourth year.
“There’s so many reasons to stay here. Plenty of players mention how good the setup is, the coaching staff and supporting staff as well and definitely the fans.
“This year, especially, hasn’t been as good as we would have liked it to have been on the pitch but, for me personally, everyone has stuck with me whether it be the coach, the fans… everyone has stuck with me in this tough period. They’re continued to back me and I’m really happy to stay.
On whether putting a disappointing 2021 right next year is a motivating factor, Stock explained: “Definitely. The club, the way It’s managed and run, should always be aiming for success and those high expectations are one of the reasons why I really enjoy it. I feel, also, that that really helps me be a better player.
With Tim Spears’ leadership leaving the club, Stock also commented that looking to step up as a leader within the squad is something he is looking to do. “A hundred per cent. Playing the part of a leader or a player to look up to is one of those things that I really aim for myself, that’s one of my goals. It’s hard to quantify but just to be that kind of Tim Spears type of character in the dressing room and at training, have that kind of impact on the younger players is something I really aspire for myself.
Away from rugby league, Stock started a new role in 2021 as a Child Trafficking Guardian. Discussing that balance, he explained: “To have a tough job in the day and then being able to come to training, to set your mind to a different kind of goal, is helpful and I think, with all the discussions about wellbeing at the minute, that is the way I look after myself, by putting everything into training after a tough day of work.
Finally, speaking about what a successful 2022 looks like individually, Stock said: “You always want to improve on the year before, so general improvement on the field. I want to be in a position, this time next year, where I can look back at what I’ve done and what I’ve done for the team and be content with the fact that I couldn’t have given any more and to be happy with where I am.”
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