Jake Butler-Fleming returns to York from Toronto

Drew Darbyshire

York have signed outside-back Jake Butler-Fleming on loan from Toronto for the rest of the season, with no recall option available.

The 26-year-old played for the Knights five times in 2017 after joining on loan from Hull Kingston Rovers, and the Australian joined the club on a permanent deal in December, before Toronto signed him on the eve of the season for an undisclosed transfer fee.

But since his move to the Canadian club, Butler-Fleming has found chances limited and has recently spent time on loan at Bradford Bulls. He now returns to York for his third spell with the League 1 side.

James Ford, York head coach, said: “Jake’s a good player, a centre potentially of Super League calibre.

“I really enjoyed the time I had coaching him last year and earlier this year, and when he left, he left on good terms.

“I’m delighted to have him back on board. When the opportunity arose for him to test himself in the full-time arena, we begrudgingly didn’t stand in his way.

“It is a huge testament to the training and culture we provide at the Knights that Jake was so keen to return to us. The togetherness of the squad was a big factor in his decision also.

“Our fantastic supporters make a huge difference too – their incredible backing is a big factor in attracting players to our club.”

Butler-Fleming is in contention to play in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round clash against Catalans Dragons at Bootham Crescent, 3pm kick-off.