York extend Mikey Lewis loan

Drew Darbyshire

York have extended the loan deal of Mikey Lewis from Hull KR on a week-to-week basis.

The 20-year-old half-back has already enjoyed two spells on loan with the Knights this season and played in their 1895 Cup final defeat to Featherstone at Wembley.

After impressing during his latest stint with York, Lewis’ loan has now been extended and will continue on a week-to-week basis.

York coach James Ford: “We’re very grateful to Hull KR and Tony for allowing us to extend Mikey’s loan.

“He’s inspiring confidence into the players around him with his will to compete and win. I’m really enjoying working with him and it’s clear to see his impact on our performances.

Lewis added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time so far at York and I’m happy to be staying with the club to get more game time.”

Earlier this week, York announced the loan signing of young full-back Aidan McGowan from Huddersfield.

The Giants academy product is in contention to make his debut for the Knights in this Sunday’s Championship clash against Sheffield.

Ford said: “I’m grateful to be in a position to be able to bring another talented young man to the club who is full of energy, enthusiasm and ability. I’m excited to work with him and confident he will bring plenty to the group.”

McGowan added: “I’m really excited to get this opportunity with such a big club, with big ambitions. I’m really looking forward to getting round the boys and meeting all the staff. I’m looking forward to giving my best for the club and for the fans.”

In other news, promotion and relegation to and from Super League is still set to go ahead at the end of the season.

There has been some conjecture over whether the goal posts will once again be moved, including an erroneous report by the BBC on their live Challenge Cup final coverage that relegation will not take place this year.

But officials from the RFL and Super League have confirmed to us that there have been no formal discussions around removing relegation.

An RFL spokesperson said: “There is no change – it’s still one up, one down.

“There has been acknowledgement from Super League, and an emphasis from us, that Championship clubs can’t be blamed (for the impact of COVID) and that promotion can’t be affected.”