YORK City Knights Ladies have announced the signing of Emma Kershaw.

The 17-year-old joins the Knights following a playing spell with Wakefield Trinity Ladies.

Kershaw is a promising young talent who is looking to test herself at the highest level of the Betfred Women’s Super League.

On joining, Kershaw said: “I’ve been with Wakefield since I was 15 and it was a really hard move because of the community I built with those people.

"But I saw the chance to move and I thought about the new opportunities and new challenges I could face.

“I’m wanting to show people what I can do on the field. I’ve been doing rugby since I’ve been about 10 and I know this is what I want to do. I want to eventually play for England and I think this club will help me get there.”

Kershaw also underlined York’s commitment to women’s rugby league saying: “I’m shocked by it, it’s amazing. I showed up and I was told how they wanted people who were committed to the game, not willing to slack off just for fun. It's all about taking it seriously, which is what I want to do.”

Kershaw is not the only rugby league star in her household. Older brother Lee Kershaw currently plays for Wakefield Trinity in Super League.

She is in contention to start against St Helens this weekend as the Women’s Super League returns after the summer break.

The match will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday, August 22 (2pm) and will be streamed for free on Twitch.

It will be York's first match since the Betfred Women’s Super League was split into two divisions of five teams.