NEW York City Knights recruit Chris Clarkson has said he is aiming to benefit the culture of the club following his move from Castleford Tigers.

Clarkson is one of seven players to have joined the Knights over the off-season as head coach James Ford looks to further bolster the squad which recorded a remarkable third-placed finish in last season's Betfred Championship.

Second-rower Clarkson is one of the most high-profile of the new additions to the 2020 Knights squad, having played 20 times for the Tigers last term - the last of which was in the play-offs against eventual finalists Salford Red Devils.

The 29-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the top flight, beginning at Leeds Rhinos before enjoying spells at Widnes Vikings and Hull Kingston Rovers.

And he believes that being able to draw on those experiences can only help the younger players in Ford's ranks.

On making the step down from Super League, Clarkson said: "The club really appealed to me looking from the outside into the club.

"Obviously, the team went really well last year and it looks like the club is growing really well both on and off the field.

"I had a couple of chats with Fordy before deciding to join and he really put it to me about what the club was about.

"It seemed like a really good move for me and, so far, I'm having a good time here."

The former England Knights international explained about adding to the culture of the group: "I think it's about bringing on a few of the less-experienced players and teaching them a few things about what it takes to be a professional.

"I think on the field, everybody isn't too far away from those standards.

"But it's about what you do off the field away from the game and away from the training sessions.

"It's about how you conduct yourself when you're not wearing the York City Knights colours.

"You've got to look after your diet and making sure that if there are extras in training that you need to do, you make sure that you do them."