Ireland prop Ronan Michael makes permanent move to Championship

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Ireland international Ronan Michael has joined Championship side York on a two-year deal after spending this season on loan with them from Huddersfield. 

In 2020, the 22-year-old became the first Irish-born player to feature in Super League since Brian Carney as he made his Huddersfield debut.

Michael, who already has five caps for Ireland, has made 19 appearances for York on loan this season.

York coach James Ford said “Ronan is a very athletic individual who has a fantastic drive towards improving.

“He’s relatively new to rugby league and he was always a player we thought would improve as he was exposed to more rugby towards the top end of the Championship.

“He started the season really well and finished it with some strong performances. We’ll work really hard alongside Ronan ensuring he improves one or two areas within his game and fulfils his potential.”

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Ronan Michael delighted to commit future to York

Michael said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be staying and committing my future to York City Knights.

“It’s been a great first year at the club. From the start, everyone was really welcoming and I think we’ve had a great season.

“Fordy (James Ford, coach) and everyone stuck by me through my injury and I really want to pay that back to everyone now after they’ve been around for me throughout this year.

“I love the place and I love the club. I think we’re going in the right direction to push for promotion.”

Michael has been named in Ged Corcoran’s 24-man squad for the upcoming World Cup. Ireland are in a group alongside New Zealand, Jamaica and Lebanon.

The Wolfhounds get their World Cup campaign underway against Jamaica at Headingley on Sunday, October 16.

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