JAMES GLOVER has welcomed the emergence of loanee Levi Edwards and insists that the three-way battle at centre can only benefit York City Knights.

Edwards joined York on loan from Leeds Rhinos at the start of the month but had to wait until the Knights' Betfred Championship clash with Widnes Vikings less than a fortnight ago for his club debut.

The 18-year-old made an immediate impact against Widnes, having had a key hand in two of York's first-half tries and scored himself in the second half.

York head coach James Ford selected Edwards over Jacob Ogden, the Jamaican international who penned a two-year deal with the Knights during the off-season, while fellow autumn signing Glover got the nod in the other centre spot.

And Glover believes that the renewed competition across the three-quarters will stand York in good stead moving forward as they seek to build on a run of four wins from their first six matches in the Betfred Championship.

“Levi was phenomenal, he was class," hailed Glover. "I hadn't seen a lot of him before he joined but he was showing glimpses of that in training.

“It’s only good for myself and for Jacob Ogden as well. Competition around the squad can only breed success within a group.

“Levi's settled in well and he obviously had a fantastic debut.

“Now everybody has got to be on their ‘A’ game and, if not, there’s someone waiting in the wings to come in.”

Next up for the Knights is a trip to Derwent Park on Sunday (2pm) to face the Championship's winless bottom club Workington Town.