NEW York City Knights loan signing Jimmy Keinhorst is due to miss out on the club's first three pre-season games due to injury, head coach James Ford has confirmed.

York announced Keinhorst's arrival on a season-long loan from Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers late last month in a major coup for the club.

The 29-year-old centre is best known for his spell at Leeds, where he played 93 times for the Rhinos, scoring 32 tries and winning the Super League title in 2015.

Keinhorst also scored seven tries in 28 games for Hull KR last term to help the Robins in their battle against relegation.

Knights fans will have to wait to see their new number three in action though due to a shoulder injury.

“At the minute, Jimmy’s got a shoulder injury but he’s well on his way to being back in training with the team," said Ford.

“He’s probably around three or four weeks away from a return. He won’t feature in any of the friendly games, that’s for sure.

“But he’ll be featuring with us in training and he’ll be like a full-time member of our squad."

Explaining how the signing came about, Ford continued: “We’d been speaking to Hull KR for a while about Jimmy.

"Initially, I didn’t think that the deal was going to get down but, we’re very fortunate because Jon (Flatman, chairman) has worked really hard with Mike Smith (CEO) over at Hull KR.

“Jimmy was really impressed with what he’d heard about York and the players that we’d already signed.

“I think that that did have a big impact in being able to get him to come across.

“I am delighted to have Jimmy here. He has individual threat and he’s an intelligent person.

"I’m sure he’ll add to our culture and hopefully enhance the way that we do things.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him."

Elsewhere, it has been confirmed that prop Graeme Horne will not return to the Knights in 2020 after penning a deal with League One side Doncaster.

Horne, 34, will join up his brother Richard, who is Doncaster's coach.