York bolster squad with Kevin Brown and Perry Whiteley

York have continued their building for the 2019 Championship season with the signings of Kevin Brown and Perry Whiteley.

Brown, 19, makes the move from St Helens, where he has starred for their academy. He made his professional debut on an emergency loan basis for Leigh in the Championship Shield final against Featherstone.

Coach James Ford said: “Kevin has come through an excellent system over at St. Helens and brings plenty of utility value to our backs. He’s got good leg speed and evasive movements and has already demonstrated a fantastic attitude towards hard work and his own development.

“It’s a big step up from academy rugby to York, but he’s determined to make a success from it.”

Whiteley, 25, joined York from Keighley at the back end of last season, scoring three tries in two appearances, and has now signed a new deal.

He has played in the Championship before with Workington and Sheffield.

Ford added: “This isn’t Perry’s first barn dance – He’s played plenty of Championship rugby for both Sheffield and Workington. He has the potential to be a quality player for the Knights if his attitude towards hard work and attention to detail is where it needs to be.

“I’m looking forward to working with Perry and facilitating his development.”