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Future of Knights' George Elliott in the balance
THE future of York City Knights threequarter George Elliott remains up in the air after he rejected another new contract offer for 2013.
The Press understands the current deal remains on the table but it is unlikely the Knights will raise it, and it remains unclear whether Elliott will ultimately decide to accept or move on.
In the meantime he is going back to his rugby union roots this weekend by having a run-out with York RUFC seconds away to Selby tomorrow. He first played club rugby of either code as a junior with the Shipton Road outfit before going on to become a youth international in both league and union.
Elliott is still contracted to the Knights – 2012 terms officially end on November 30 and so he cannot play rugby league elsewhere without being released – but the club are almost certainly not going to censure him for playing for the Clifton Parkers, regardless of whether turning out in the 15-a-side game means he is breaking his terms or not.
The Press understands the Knights remain keen to keep the 21-year-old.
Elliott had a decent first season despite the team’s struggles in the Championship, playing in 22 of the 24 games, either at centre or on the wing, and scoring ten tries to end the year as their second highest try-scorer, one behind James Ford, with whom he developed an ever-improving centre-wing partnership until the latter’s campaign was ended early by injury.
Meanwhile, York Acorn ARLC youngster Harry Bromwich went off with an arm injury during Yorkshire BARLA U17s’ 42-0 loss to touring Australian side Central Coast Titans.
Bromwich was playing at loose-forward in the match at the Tetley’s Stadium while Acorn club-mate Lewis Lord was a substitute.