“The facilities are second to none” – York’s latest signing

York have signed forward Jordan Thompson from Leigh for 2022.

Thompson, 30, had a brief spell with the Knights back in 2011 on dual-registration from Castleford.

He has made more than 250 appearances in his career for the Tigers, Centurions, Hull FC and Leeds.

Head Coach James Ford said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get Jordy over the line, he’s a very competitive player with an outstanding skill set for a middle.

“Jordy will add a significant amount of tenacity to our team, something that I was very keen to add to our team and squad.”

Easy decision

Jordan Thompson brings experience to the Knights, filling the void left by the likes of Danny Washbrook, James Green and Tim Spears, who have all hung up their boots.

He added: “I’m really happy to have joined the club. It’s a good club that is looking to push on to be one of the best in the division.

“It was quite an easy decision and, obviously, the facilities are second to none so I’m looking forward to it.”

During his time at Castleford early in his career, forward Thompson played alongside Ford with the latter claiming that Thompson replaced him in the team.

“I hope he doesn’t hold a grudge for that,” he noted, before commenting on how much he’s looking forward to being coached by Ford. “That’s what made the decision to come and join easy for me, really.

“He was a big thing in that and, obviously, already having a good relationship with him, I think the rugby side will come from that and I’ll enjoy myself under him.

I’m looking forward to that (being an experienced player in the group), it’s a big challenge but with the rugby I’ve played over the last few years, that should come naturally and if the group look at me as a leader then that’s great.

“It won’t be too much pressure because I’ve played enough and I’ve done enough to be able to cope so I’m quite excited about it.”

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