York sign England Students duo

Drew Darbyshire

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York have strengthened their squad for 2019 with the signings of England Students’ stars Jason Bass and Marcus Stock.

Bass is a utility-back and Midlands Academy graduate, who has made over 60 appearances for League 1 side Coventry Bears.

On securing the services of Bass, Knights’ coach James Ford said: “Jason’s strengths featured on all our previews against Coventry and further demonstrated his ability with an outstanding tournament for England Students.

“I was very impressed by Jason’s willingness to work hard at his game and be the best he can across the board, which is a fundamental trait we look for at York City Knights.”

Ex-Hemel Stags back-rower Stock has previously played in the Championship with Sheffield Eagles and was wanted by a couple of other Championship sides before deciding to join the Knights.

On signing Stock, Ford commented: “Marcus popped up on our radar after some strong performances for Hemel.

“He was also highly recommended by the Hemel and England Students’ coaching staff.

“He’s got a superb attitude towards hard work and learning and I’m excited to see where he can progress to.”

Bass and Stock will link up with their new team-mates when York report back for pre-season training mid-November.