YORK City Knights prop forward James Green has signed a new deal with the club for the 2021 season.

Green joined York from fellow Betfred Championship side Bradford Bulls ahead of the 2020 season and played five times for the Knights this year before the season was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The front rower played five times for York, scoring his first try for the club in their most recent match, the 70-12 Coral Challenge Cup victory over Rochdale Hornets in March.

The 29-year-old began his career at Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers and played 81 times for the Robins between 2012 and 2016, having also had loan spells at Workington Town, Batley Bulldogs and Gateshead Thunder during that period.

Green went onto play for Leigh Centurions and Castleford Tigers in Super League before his move to Bradford Bulls, helping the club ensure promotion in 2018 before signing a permanent deal for the 2019 season.

York head coach James Ford said of Green’s retention. “I’m pleased to retain James, he has plenty of strengths in his game - his intent of carry, ability to win us ruck speed, finding offloads and the threat he poses near the try line.

“We’ve had a good chat regarding areas we need to work at and I’m confident we’ll see a fitter, sharper James Green in 2021.

“He was making good progress in 2020 regarding these details and I’m looking forwards to seeing him continue working at them.”

Green himself said: “I’m really happy to be re-signing.

“Although last season was very short, I really enjoyed it.

“Everyone wants to be a part of success and a professional environment and that’s exactly what we have here.”

Green becomes the 21st member of the York City Knights squad to commit his future to the club for the 2021 season.