York sign Wigan youngster James McDonnell on loan

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York have signed young Wigan forward James McDonnell on an initial two-week loan deal.

The 21-year-old back-rower or centre came through the ranks at hometown club Wigan and made his first team debut last season.

York coach James Ford has previously coached McDonnell, with the youngster playing for England Academy in 2018 when Ford was assistant coach.

Ford said: “We’re really grateful to be able to bring in a player of James’ pedigree on the back of Danny Kirmond’s concussion and a couple of other niggles that we’ve got.

“James is a player I’ve worked with before and I know a lot about him. He’s got a great work ethic, he’s tough with a fantastic attitude and I’m sure he’ll strengthen our team and squad.”

Wigan head of youth Darrell Goulding said: “This is a great opportunity for James to get some valuable game time which he needs at this point of his career.

“York are a very ambitious club with a great set up and I’m sure James will enjoy his time there and further his development.”

McDonnell could make his York debut in Sunday’s Championship clash with Widnes.

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