TOM LINEHAM is poised to make a return to York City Knights after the Championship club confirmed he was among the first batch of Hull players to be dual-registered for 2013.
Lineham, a one-time York Rugby Union Club junior, made his name with the Knights as a fleet-footed teenager having switched codes while studying at York College, before signing for the Airlie Birds in 2011 determined to make the grade as a full-timer in Super League.
The 21-year-old turned out five times for Hull’s first team last year, scoring four tries, and remains in the frame for 2013, but is one of several players - including a few first-teamers - to be dual-registered with York this year as part of the partnership agreement between the clubs.
This arrangement allows them to play for the Knights when not selected for Hull.
It was also confirmed today that strapping forward Chris Green, who played seven times for York while on dual-reg last season, as well as 11 times for Hull’s first team, is another to be officially signed on at Huntington Stadium, although it remains to be seen how often he will be made available for Gary Thornton’s men.
Other players now dual-registered, as predicted by The Press, include winger Jack Briscoe, forward Liam Kent, back-rower Dean Hadley, prop Josh Bowden, and full-back Jamie Shaul, Hull’s Under-20s Player of the Year last season. These are all fringe players with Hull. Half-back Danny Nicklas is also coming to York on a long loan.
Additionally, a few players expected to be Super League regulars in 2013 are also to be signed on dual-reg forms, including Ben Crooks, the son of Hull and Great Britain legend and one-time York Wasps coach Lee Crooks. The centre was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year last season after 16 appearances and seven tries for the first team.