Australian half-back commits to York

Brendan O'Hagan in action for York
Photo courtesy of York City Knights and SWPix

Australian half-back Brendan O’Hagan has signed a new one-year deal with Championship side York.

The 22-year-old joined the Knights ahead of last season. He impressed at the start of the campaign but his season ended prematurely due to a series of hip issues.

O’Hagan qualifies to play for Ireland through family heritage. He will be hoping to represent his heritage at the World Cup next autumn.

O’Hagan is set to partner the likes of Jamie Ellis and Liam Harris in the halves for York next season.

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York coach delighted to retain Brendan O’Hagan

York coach James Ford said: “I’m really pleased to re-sign Brendan. He has a great understanding of the game and demonstrated his ability at times last season.

“Despite missing almost all preseason with a freak injury Brendan started the season in awesome form. It was difficult for him to deal with numerous setbacks, especially at such a young age.

“Those experiences will make him stronger and I’m excited by the competition we have in the half-back positions this year.”

O’Hagan said: “I’m really excited to be staying at the club and I’m happy that the club has shown this faith in me by offering me a deal, so I’m really looking forward to a big 2022.

“The fans are massive for the club and they have been for me, as well. You see on social media and at the games how passionate they are and it’s obviously been a tough year for me so I can’t wait to get back out there and repay the faith they have shown in me.

“I love York as a city and, as a whole, the community here is amazing. I’m loving my time here in York and it’s really feeling like a home for me now.

“We’re in the process of getting her over so that’ll be nice. I’m sure that, when she is over, she’ll enjoy the city as well.”

Danny Kirmond to go around again in 2022

Veteran forward Danny Kirmond will play on in 2022 after signing a new one-year deal with York.

Kirmond, who turns 36 in November, joined the Knights ahead of last season after nine years with Wakefield in Super League. The back-rower made 18 appearances for York last season.

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