Andy Ellis answers York SOS

James Gordon

Hooker Andy Ellis has answered an SOS from former club York to come out of retirement until the end of the season.

Ellis, 34, retired after helping the City Knights to the League 1 title last season and returns after injuries to York’s three hookers.

Coach James Ford said: “I am delighted that Andy has agreed to help us through this hectic schedule. We trained on Tuesday without a recognised 9, although none are long term issues it was certainly a concern.

“Andy has agreed to help us and the team out. It’s a great fit as he knows our systems, terminology and philosophies. He’s a vastly experienced player who will be a great boost.

“He’s really well thought of on and off the field and I’m looking forward to coaching again.”

Ellis played for Hull KR, Barrow, Harlequins, Wakefield and Featherstone earlier in his career, winning Championship Player of the Year in 2009.