“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else” – Matty Marsh commits to York

York full-back Matty Marsh has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 26-year-old first appeared for the Knights in 2018 on dual-registration from Hull KR before signing permanent terms with the Championship club.

Marsh has made 58 appearances for the club to date, scoring 39 tries. He was named York’s Player of the Year in 2019.

York coach James Ford said: “Re-signing Matty was a priority for everyone at the club. He’s matured into a top full-back and as we’ve seen this year a very good half-back too. I’ve really enjoyed coaching Matty and I’m excited to work with him again.

“He has a fantastic attitude that has underlined his development during his time at the club.”

Marsh said: “The way this club is going, I couldn’t turn it down and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“I love playing in front of our fans. I’ve never had such backing from fans personally and I owe a lot of credit to them.”

Meanwhile, York legend Tim Spears will retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old forward has made more than 400 career appearances for Castleford, Dewsbury, Batley, Featherstone and York.

Spears, who joined York ahead of the 2017 season, featured in the 1895 Cup final at Wembley earlier this year when they fell short to defeat to Featherstone.

Spears said: “You get to a point in your career where it’s time. I’m 37-years old, I’ve had a fantastic time and, through Covid and lockdowns, we all missed playing and then came back.

“I’ve just come to a point where I think it’s the right time in my life. I’ve got young kids away from rugby who probably want to see a bit more of me. I remember signing for Castleford 22 years ago, I’ve made over 400 appearances but good things have to come to an end and that’s where I’m at.”

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