York City Knights have confirmed Ryan Mallinder has returned to the club on a deal until the end of the current League 1 season.
The 28-year-old forward last played for the Knights in the ‘Magic Friday’ victory at Newcastle in 2016, where he suffered a bad leg break.
After some time out of the game, Mallinder is chomping at the bit to pull on the Knights shirt once again.
“Im buzzing to be back,” said Mallinder. “I really missed playing rugby for York and if I can get back to the form I was showing before my injury, I feel like I can repay the faith shown in me by Jon Flatman, James Ford and our great supporters. I owe them that.”
Mallinder first joined the Knights in 2013 after from amateurs Sharlston ARLFC, and he has helped the club reach the League 1 play-offs in the last three seasons.
“York gave me my first opportunity in the pro arena and I’ve never considered going anywhere else,” he added. “I love this club and I want to part of this new era.”
Knights’ boss James Ford said: “I’m delighted to bring Ryan back into our group and we’ll all endeavour to get him back to his best.
“After his injury we really missed his aggression, desire to win, but most notably we missed his leadership.
“Ryan’s shown great character to come this far and I can’t wait to help him complete his recovery.”