Tyme Nikau follows in the footsteps of his father with York move

James Gordon

York have signed centre Tyme Nikau, son of former Kiwi international Tawera Nikau, for the 2021 season.

Nikau, 26, follows in the footsteps of his father, who played for the old York club in 1990/91 before spells with Castleford, Cronulla, Melbourne and Warrington across Super League and the NRL.

Coach James Ford said: “Tyme is a big athletic outside back who has shown lots of skill and physical qualities in the footage I’ve seen.

“I was very impressed with Tyme’s maturity, character and drive when we met and I’m excited to work with him and help him fulfil his ambitions. Tyme will face stiff competition for a slot in our 17, but I’m sure that will bring out the best in him.”

Tyme signed for North Wales Crusaders back in March, but was unable to play following the early end to the season.

He has previously played in the lower grades Down Under for Maitland Pickers and Kurri Kurri Bulldogs.

Tyme said: “It feels great to have signed for the Knights. From what I’ve seen and heard I’m really excited to be joining the team and becoming a part of the organisation.

“He (Tawera) holds it in such high regard and said it’s a great place with even better people so I hope to have half as good of an experience here as him!”