DANNY KIRMOND has signed a new one-year deal to stay at York City Knights for the 2022 season.

Kirmond arrived at York from Wakefield Trinity ahead of last season and went on to make 18 appearances for the Knights, scoring four tries.

Having seen veterans Tim Spears, Danny Washbrook and Ryan Atkins retire over the off-season, Kirmond, who turns 36 next month, will add some vital experience to York’s squad, having previously been capped by England and racked up over 300 career appearances, the majority of those coming in the Betfred Super League.

Knights Head Coach James Ford said: “Danny is a really important re-signing for the team and the club. His experience will be key in helping a new team gel.

“He had a good season under difficult circumstances, playing with numerous half-backs.

“Those makeshift options impacted his attacking game but he always worked tremendously hard, regularly topping 50 tackles per game. This is the kind of effort a good team needs.

“Danny will also play a key role in the development of Toby Warren and our other young forwards.”

Kirmond added: “I just love playing, especially in front of my family, and I really enjoyed last year.

“It was probably one of my most enjoyable years in the last five or six years so it was an easy decision to decide to carry on. While I’m enjoying it, it’s probably something that I’ll continue to do.

“While there were other options there, I feel there’s a bit of unfinished business here as we didn’t achieve what we wanted to last year, both individually and as a team.

“We’ve got such a great stadium and such a great product and, throw in the city as well, it’s just brilliant.

“Hopefully, that atmosphere will carry on next year and we can keep building that to give the fans something to really shout about.”