YORK City Knights' end-of-season presentation ceremony will take place at York Racecourse on Thursday, October 26 - with dual-code legend Iestyn Harris the guest speaker.

The event will begin at 7pm with a drinks reception ahead of a two-course meal at 7.30pm. Harris will take to the stage following the awards, and a special sports memorabilia auction will conclude the evening.

Among the awards to be presented are the Players' Player of the Year and The Press Player of the Year.

Chairman Jon Flatman, who took over the Knights last December and has overseen a marked increase in home attendances, said he was looking forward to "celebrating with fans, staff, players and partners alike" a season which only ended after an epic League One play-off semi-final at Whitehaven.

The campaign also saw head coach James Ford nominated as the competition's Coach of the Year, players Ash Robson and Liam Harris nominated for Young Player of the Year, and the club win the League One Project of the Year award for their #UpTheKneets campaign which helped to generate the team's biggest home crowd since 2009 and make them easily the best supported club in the division barring champions Toronto Wolfpack.

“After a memorable season for the club both on and off the field, we felt it was only right to celebrate in an equally memorable way," said Flatman.

“We hope as many people as possible will join the Knights players and staff in what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.

"We will have lots of fun looking back on the year and handing out some well deserved awards, as well as hearing some great stories after dinner from a well-respected guest in Iestyn Harris.

“The sports memorabilia auction we have lined up contains some very special items, and all money raised on the night will go straight into the playing budget for our landmark season in 2018, where we look forward to the 150th anniversary of the original York Rugby Club – who of course played their first-ever game on Knavesmire (the site of York Racecourse) way back in 1868."

Harris' professional rugby career spanned over 20 years and comprised 25 international caps for Wales in union and 18 for Wales and 13 for Great Britain in league. It also included a record-breaking £350,000 transfer from Warrington to Leeds, a Man of Steel accolade and Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club trophy successes with Leeds and Bradford either side of his spell in the 15-a-side code with Cardiff.

Also a former coach with Crusaders, Salford and Wales, he is now a radio and television pundit and summariser.

Tickets for the evening are priced at £30 each, and the dress code is smart casual.

Tickets can be purchased via the club office at York St John University's Sports Park on Haxby Road. Neil Gulliver will be in the office tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm, on Wednesday from 2pm to 7.30pm and on Friday from 10am to 4pm. Fans can also email info@yorkcityknights.com for more details.