14th August 2020, 16:29 | york
York City Knights have begun their recruitment for the 2021 Betfred Championship by retaining the services of Chris Clarkson for another season.
Clarkson joined the Knights ahead of the 2020 season after playing 244 Betfred Super League throughout spells with Leeds Rhinos, Widnes Vikings, Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford Tigers.
The 30-year-old lifted two Betfred Super League trophies during his time with the Rhinos as well as a Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge. Clarkson has represented England Knights on three occasions.
Clarkson said: “I’ve never had this amount of time away from Rugby since I was a young lad, so I’m happy to know I’ll be playing again next year for York and very excited to get going again when the time comes.
“I think taking a step back and getting our bodies and minds refreshed will do a lot of the lads good and we’ll see the benefit of that in 2021.”
Knights Head Coach, James Ford, said: “I’m delighted that Chris wanted to extend his deal with us and I’m excited as to what we can continue building.
“Chris is an outstanding professional whose standards have a positive impact on everyone around him.
“He had some strong games in a side that didn’t quite find the fluency we were striving towards and I feel Chris set standards for other players to aim at with regards to his unselfish efforts; getting behind the ball early, being ready to play on every play, kick chase and high-quality defensive repeat efforts.
“I’m confident Chris will be a key player in our squad and central to our development.”