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‘Unfinished business’ fires James Haynes return to York City Knights
JAMES HAYNES insists he has “unfinished business” with York City Knights as he prepares for a third spell with the club.
The full-back has signed a one year, pay as you play deal at Huntington Stadium and is relishing the chance to get back into the professional game.
Haynes, 24, has spent the summer playing at Skirlaugh in the National Conference League after being released by the Knights in April.
He had missed all of the 2012 season with a serious back injury and felt he struggled for form on his return – prompting his return to the amateur game.
That allowed him to rediscover his love for rugby league and, unveiled as one of a number of Knights’ signings including Nathan Freer, Adam Dent and former Halifax prop Iain Morrison, Haynes said he was grateful for another opportunity at York.
“I am delighted. I’m pleased to have the chance and I have spoken to James Ford a lot about coming back,” he said.
“With James moving up on the coaching staff as well, I feel it is going to be a good season.
“I am still finishing off at Skirlaugh. I’ve got one more game to go.
“They were in a relegation battle and I went to help them out and I got back to enjoying rugby again.“I got injured a couple of years ago and I didn’t play at all last season and I was just struggling for a bit of form.
“Playing for Skirlaugh has allowed me to get back some form and have more confidence.
“When you have a year out with a back injury, some players don’t play again and I needed to get back that confidence.
“I am very grateful to John Guildford (Knights chairman) for giving me the opportunity to forge a professional career again. I owe him a lot.
“He said I had unfinished business at the Knights and that’s how it feels.
“I am really looking forward to it.”
Haynes, a fans’ favourite during his previous spells, is also single-minded about his ambitions for the club in the upcoming Championship One season.
He added: “From a personal point of view, I want to get myself back in the team and get back to playing – be a bit more consistent, play more games and be injury free.
“As a team, there is no secret that we will be pushing for the top of the league and looking towards the Championship.”
Meanwhile, the Knights have signed a new partnership deal with kit producer FI-TA for the next three seasons.
The company will be the club’s main kit provider, supplying onfield and training gear as well as their leisure gear.
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