Chris Clarkson agrees extended contract with York

York have retained forward Chris Clarkson for the 2021 season.

The 30-year-old made six appearances for the Knights in 2020 before the Championship season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clarkson has made almost 250 career appearances for Leeds, Widnes, Hull KR, Castleford and York.

York coach James Ford said: “I’m delighted that Chris wanted to extend his deal with us and I’m excited as to what we can continue building. Chris is an outstanding professional who’s standards have a positive impact on everyone around him.

“He had some strong games in a side that didn’t quite find the fluency we were striving towards and I feel Chris set some standards for other players to aim at with regards to his unselfish efforts; getting behind the ball early, being ready to play on every play, kick chase and high quality defensive repeat efforts.

“I’m confident Chris will be a key player in our squad and central to our development.”

Clarkson said: “I’ve never had this amount of time away from rugby since I was a young lad, so I’m very happy to know I’ll be playing again next year for York and very excited to get going again when the time comes.

“I think taking a step back and getting our bodies and minds refreshed will do a lot of the lads good and we’ll see the benefit of that in 2021.”

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