GLOBETROTTING former York City Knights young-gun Neil Thorman is back in the capital - and hoping to pull off a shock on his return to the Minster city.

The 33-year-old Geordie, who was in the York squad that won National League Two back in 2005 alongside brother Paul, rejoined London Skolars this winter from New York Knights having spent 2017 in the USARL competition.

Before that, he was player-coach at the Young Cherrypickers side in the Group Nine competition in Australia.

Thorman had begun his career as a teenager at Gateshead Thunder, before spells with York, the Skolars and Whitehaven.

Now a veteran, the skilful playmaker - the youngest brother of ex-Knights player-boss Chris, who is now in caretaker charge at Huddersfield Giants - has helped London to two wins and a draw in their five League One games this term, ahead of their trip to Bootham Crescent this weekend.

The draw came at North Wales Crusaders on the opening day of term while in their last match he knocked over 12 conversions in a 76-8 romp against stragglers West Wales Raiders - that scoreline underlining the threat the Skolars pose.

Tries last week, with Thorman and fellow ex-York playmaker Jymel Coleman having a field day at half-back, came from ex-Sheffield and Keighley winger Vinny Finigan (3), Jake Melling (2), dual-reg London Broncos threequarter Jacob Ogden, Will Martin, Billy Driver, veteran former Broncos forward Lamont Bryan, Canadian back-rower Quinn Ngawati, Sam Nash (2) and Eddie Mbaraga.

Ogden is not available this weekend, while Bryan and Jordan Williams are also not in Sunday's squad.

Lameck Juma is back on the wing, though, with packmen Judd Greenhalgh and Michael Sykes and hooker/half-backs Philip Lyon and Charlie Lawrence also added in the 19.