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Championship to lure Sam Scott from Knights
FANS’ favourite Sam Scott has intimated he is likely to leave York City Knights.
The 23-year-old second-rower – who is in the running for The Press Player of the Year award at the club’s end-of-season presentation dinner at the Park Inn Radison hotel tonight – has nothing but good things to say about the supporters and set-up at Huntington Stadium.
However, as expected, he is keen to continue plying his trade in the Kingstone Press Championship rather than drop down a division with the Knights.
“It’s all up in the air at the moment,” said Scott when asked if contract talks were progressing either with York or elsewhere.
“Initially I signed for another year (with York) because I wanted to stay here. But it’s a short lifespan, being a rugby player, and I want to achieve things in the game and play at the highest level I can.
“Ideally I would have liked to stay in the Championship with York. I had planned to stay here.
“From a personal point of view, it’s been a very enjoyable year, apart from the fact we’ve got relegated, of course.
“It’s not a successful season in that sense but I’ve enjoyed playing with these lads and it’s a well-run club and I have a lot of respect for the chairman, coaching staff and fans.
“As a group of players I thought we were good enough to stay up but it’s disappointing we could not reap the rewards of our hard work.”
Asked where he thought the season went wrong, he said it was the team’s inability to see out victories, not least when losing games in the dying minutes.
“It was the story of our season,” he said. “We got into winning positions in so many matches but due to a lack of experience or bad luck – a combination of a few things – we didn’t see them through.
“Losing becomes a habit. It’s not necessarily a confidence thing but maybe we were lacking a bit of know-how. You’re not thinking, ‘We’re going to lose again,’ but sometimes it just happens like that.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it here, though, and I’ve benefited from it. I’ve met some great people.”
Most of the senior players who recently agreed deals for 2014, like Scott, have get-out clauses triggered by relegation.
The club also reserved the right to revise terms to fit in with a Championship One budget.
Scott said he had yet to sit down again with club chiefs, but added: “If it is to be my last year here I will look back on it fondly, despite the relegation.”
Tonight’s ‘blue and white ball’ black tie awards night will raise funds for the club’s charity, the Knights Foundation, which heads up work in the community, and they hope to top the £4,000 they made last year.
Included at the event is an auction of sporting memorabilia. Lots include a signed Geoff Hurst 1966 World Cup replica shirt, a signed England rugby league shirt and six hospitality tickets at Leeds Rhinos. For details or to submit pre-auction bids, phone 01904 767404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm today.
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