Hull forward makes move to Championship

James Gordon

York have signed forward Masi Matongo from Hull FC on a one-year deal.

Matongo, 25, has made more than 50 Super League appearances and was named in the England Knights performance squad in 2018.

Born in Zimbabwe, he made his Hull debut back in 2015 and follows on from the recent signing of Jordan Thompson.

He said: “I’m really happy to have joined the club. A lot of great players have played for York and I’ve heard great things about Fordy as a coach.

“There’s a lot of ambition here with what we’re striving to achieve and I’m happy to be part of those plans.

“It’ll be a good challenge for me with a new coach again and a new club.

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“They’ve got great facilities and definitely of Super League standard; the pitch, training facilities, dressing rooms, it’s definitely as good as some top-flight clubs if not better so they’re definitely giving us a great base to build from in 2022.”

York have stepped up their recruitment in recent weeks following a disappointing 2021 campaign that saw them miss out on the play-offs.

A number of experienced forwards have retired; notably Adam Cuthbertson, Danny Washbrook and Tim Spears, requiring some fresh faces in the Knights’ pack.

Knights coach James Ford added: “Masi Matongo has shown in his early career he has outstanding potential.

“He’s a big strong player who will help us win control defensively. I’m very confident I can help his attacking game and get him playing above his previous levels.”

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