JORDAN THOMPSON insists that York City Knights' comprehensive pre-season victory over Midlands Hurricanes is "just a stepping stone to build on."

York ran out as comfortable 46-6 winners over the newly-rebranded Betfred League One outfit at the LNER Community Stadium, making an ideal start to the 2022 season.

Thompson, who arrived from Leigh Centurions in the off-season, was one of several new additions to make an eye-catching first appearance in the dominant victory.

"I'm happy with my own performance but it's just a stepping stone to build on," said the back-rower.

"Everyone was just eager to get out there for that first one because it's been quite a long pre-season.

"You want to get that first game under your belt and I'm happy with how it went."

The Knights' finish their friendlies on Sunday (3pm) with a home clash against Castleford Tigers, the club at which Thompson began his career.

The 30-year-old said: "We're looking to build on that performances now and we've got another tough task against Castleford, who have got some big boys and a good new coach (Lee Radford).

"It's a little bit of a new set-up and a new start for them, so it's not going to be an easy task.

"But it's one that's going to test us and probably one that we need before that Featherstone game."