York sign Welsh hopeful from NRL

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Bailey Antrobus York

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York City Knights have announced the signing of forward Bailey Antrobus from St George-Illawarra Dragons in the NRL until the end of the 2022 season.

The 22-year-old signed a training contract with the Dragons earlier this year. He is hoping his performances help him get into the Wales squad ahead of the World Cup later this year. He was previously named in the train-on squad last year.

Antrobus will wear the number 28 shirt at the Knights. He could make his debut in next week’s home match against Halifax Panthers.

Antrobus looking for something different at York

Reacting to his move, Antrobus said: “Of course I’m delighted to be here. It’s great to experience something different halfway around the world. And, with the team sitting third, it’d be great to help the team push towards Super League.

“I was looking for something a bit different. It wasn’t quite working out at my club but still, I’d like to say a great thanks to them for everything they’ve done.

“I wanted to move and push for a top league so I spoke to my manager. And, after talking about my British heritage, we started looking over here.”

Head Coach James Ford added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Bailey to the Club. He is a versatile, athletic young player who has played at a good level in Australia.

“Bailey comes well recommended by people we hold in high regard in Australia and, having looked at a fair number of his games, I think he has a lot of promise and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He fits into our strategy in that he’s young, hungry, up and coming and keen to fulfil his ambitions and we’re really excited to get to know him, build that relationship and help him to do so.”

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