YORK City Knights have loaned out youngsters AJ Towse, Myles Harrison and Toby Warren to Rochdale Hornets on initial one-week deals.

The trio all progressed through the club’s Excel player development programme, having also spent time at amateur side Heworth ARLFC.

Towse and Harrison both made their professional debuts for York in the Betfred Challenge Cup defeat to Wigan Warriors in April, the former coming off the bench and latter starting at full-back.

The pair have also played in consecutive pre-season campaigns for the Knights.

Warren was unavailable for the Wigan clash but impressed earlier this year in a short spell with Leeds Rhinos under-17s.

Towse, Harrison and Warren are all on long-term deals with York, having signed until the end of the 2023 season earlier this year.

The three teenagers head to Betfred League One outfit Rochdale ahead of Saturday's trip to London Skolars (3.15pm).

The Hornets currently sit seventh in the table, just one place outside the play-off spots.

“The opportunity for all three to go compete against League One opposition is the next stage in all three of their developments,” York head coach James Ford said.

“All three have shown a fantastic attitude in training, they’ve all developed at a really pleasing rate and we do see plenty of potential in them.

“But unfortunately we don’t have an academy to play them in so we need to find them opportunities to play.

“We’re really grateful to be able to assist Rochdale who are in a bit of a tough situation at the minute with player availability so it works for them and it absolutely works for York as well as the three young lads and their development.”

“We wish all three the very best with their time at Rochdale and all at the club will be keeping an eye on their progress,” York added in a club statement.