YORK City Knights will learn their opponents for the start of the 2021 season next week.

The draw for the first and second rounds of the Challenge Cup will be held on Thursday, February 11, with further details about its broadcast yet to be announced.

The Knights' season is set to get underway in the first round on March 21, ending a year-long wait for James Ford's side to return to the field.

All the Betfred Championship sides, except Toulouse, will enter the competition in the first round stage, as will three Betfred League 1 clubs: Barrow Raiders, Keighley Cougars and West Wales Raiders.

Which ever sides progress from the first and second rounds will earn a spot in the third round - at which point Betfred Super League clubs enter - of the cup and a place in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup semi-finals.

The Challenge Cup have also agreed a one-year sponsorship deal with Betfred.