YORK City Knights have announced that utility back Jason Bass has signed a new deal with the club for the 2021 campaign.

Bass joined the Knights ahead of the club's return to the Betfred Championship in 2019 from Coventry Bears.

In his first season with the Knights, he quickly established himself as a regular, featuring at centre, winger and full-back.

The 24-year-old played 25 times in the league in 2019, scoring eight tries, including a hat-trick against Barrow Raiders in a 56-0 victory in February.

2020 saw Bass appear in four of the Knights competitive matches, scoring each of his three tries in our final match before the curtailed season, a 70-12 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the Coral Challenge Cup.

Head coach James Ford said: “Jason has impressed everyone at the club with his drive to be better. He joined us from Coventry and has developed into a very promising outside back."

Paying testament to Bass’ worth ethic, Ford added: “It’s a pleasure to coach someone who takes so much responsibility for his own development.

“Jason is a real handful for our opponents with his footwork and power, often winning us ruck speed and penalties. He also has plenty of skill to go alongside those physical qualities.

“Jason will face some stiff competition for a spot in our seventeen, but I’m confident he’ll rise to the challenge and continue to improve.”

Bass added: “I’m delighted to be re-signing for next year. I have loved my time so far at York and I’m just happy that it gets to continue.

“There isn’t anywhere else I would want to be right now. The club has a great feel to it from the playing group the coaching and support staff, all the way through to the fans. With the new stadium and facilities coming to top it off, it’s an exciting time to be a Knight.”