YORK City Knights have announced a further addition to their back line with the re-signing of winger Perry Whiteley for the 2020 season.

Whiteley was a key part of the York side which defied the odds to place third in the Betfred Championship table last season, scoring eight tries in 20 appearances for the Knights.

Dewsbury-born Perry started his rugby league career coming through the youth ranks at the Huddersfield Giants, before moving to Australia where he spent two seasons with Young RL in country rugby league

He returned to England in the 2015 season, signing with Workington Town.

Whiteley spent two seasons at Derwent Park in which time he made 39 appearances and scored 14 tries before moving to Sheffield for 2017.

During his sole year in South Yorkshire, Whiteley appeared in 17 games as the Eagles finished runners-up in the Championship Shield.

The 26 year old outside back initially joined the Knights from Keighley Cougars on transfer deadline day in the 2018 League 1 winning season, and scored three tries in his two appearances.

He went on to cement his place in the York squad last year, establishing himself as an important member.

Head coach James Ford expressed his delight at being able to keep Whiteley at the club for next year.

“I’m pleased to re-sign Perry," he said. "He has made a really positive transition to winger, he’s regularly topped our metres made charts, been strong under kick reception and gave us a target to kick at in good ball.

“He’s great for the group and we all enjoy working with him. I’m confident ‘Den’ can carry on developing into a outstanding winger.”

Whiteley says aiming to be a part of another successful year for York next year as they aim to retain their spot in the top five.

“I'm really happy to be a Knight for 2020 and excited about the potential that this club has," enthused Whiteley. "As a player it’s the best environment I could ask to be in and hopefully we can repay the fans with another big year!"