YORK City Knights’ League One rivals, Keighley Cougars, have revealed they have come “within hours” of folding.

Bosses say that, as of the weekend, after players' contract payments had been met, the club's bank balance stood at £34.23.

They have appealed for the town to get behind the Lawkholme outfit to save it from extinction, with chief executive Neil Cullen and commercial director Simon Harrison saying an investment of about £45,000 is needed to see the club through this season.

A “new payment plan” for players has also seen ex-Knight Josh Tonk, half-back Matty Beharrell and centre Adam Ryder linked with moves to Hunslet, Doncaster and Featherstone respectively, with more departures possible.

Fellow League One outfit Whitehaven have also recently called for financial support to see them through the season.