York retain Judah Mazive for 2019

Drew Darbyshire

Former England Academy star Judah Mazive has signed a new one-year deal with York.

The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Wakefield Trinity and made his Super League debut against Wigan Warriors in 2016, following a successful England Academy tour to Australia.

Mazive linked up with the Knights ahead of the 2018 season and was shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award after scoring 16 tries in 18 games in York’s League 1 title-winning season.

On his contract extension, the Zimbabwean-born winger said: “I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited for the challenge at a higher level for York City Knights.

“I really enjoyed my first year at the club and re-signing was an easy decision.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my development under Fordy [James Ford] and playing in front of the excellent Knights’ fans again in 2019.”

York head coach James Ford commented: “Judah highlighted his potential with some key involvements last season.

“He’s a good athlete; quick, evasive and powerful. He showed last year that he is able to effectively bring us out of our own half on the front foot, and he possesses finishing skills that made him a firm fan favourite.

“He’s a superb athlete and he’s keen to keep improving all aspects of his game.”