MIKEY LEWIS has another “two or three levels” in him, according to York City Knights head coach James Ford.

Lewis made an immediate impact on his York debut by scoring two tries in a man-of-the-match display, the former of which was an audacious kick-and-chase over the Widnes Vikings defence which he timed to perfection.

That score took the game beyond Widnes and he capped his performance with a late try to seal the 35-14 win on Merseyside.

Signed on loan from Hull Kingston Rovers last week, the 19-year-old was vocal and strong in defence too and carried the ball particularly well for a player of his size.

Ford insisted that there is still plenty more to come from the youngster, something which is an exciting prospect to York fans.

“He scored a good individual try and he showed promise,” he said. “I believe that there’s another two or three levels in Mikey.

“We’ll sit with him and have a look at some stuff and I’m sure we’ll see a better Mikey Lewis on Sunday.”

The Knights have been hampered by injuries this year and, in Danny Kirmond’s enforced absence, Ford handed a debut to Wigan Warriors forward James McDonnell.

“There’s two new boys in there again, two new combinations on the right and there’s Mikey at the back,” said Ford.

“It’s a challenge but we’re almost used to that challenge now. Almost every week we’ve got different combinations, but we’re not the only team in that situation.

“So we need to put our violins down and we need to roll our sleeves up and improve in the two or three areas that we’re repeatedly working at and we need to see some improvement in those areas.”

On McDonnell’s first outing for the club, Ford added: “There were some really good aggressive contact and strong carries and there were some really positive involvements.

“And there were some really sloppy ones. Again, I’ll sit with James and show him where he needs to be better.

“But what I know about James McDonnell is that he’s got a fantastic attitude and he’ll be really keen to improve on that.”