FORMER York City Knights winger Tom Lineham has joined Betfred Championship rivals Featherstone Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

Lineham departs from Betfred Super League relegation-battlers Wakefield Trinity, having joined the Belle Vue club during the off-season from Warrington Wolves.

The former England Knights international has since made just seven appearances, scoring one try, for Willie Poching’s side and has more recently been turning out for the club’s reserves.

Lineham could turn out against his old employers York when the Knights travel to the Millennium Stadium next Sunday (July 24, 3pm).

Having began his rugby career with York RUFC, the former York College pupil converted to rugby league and made his professional debut for the Knights in 2009.

He would go on to score 11 tries in 20 appearances for York, helping the club win promotion to the Championship in 2010, before moving on to top-flight outfit Hull FC in 2011.

On joining Featherstone, Lineham said: “Firstly I’d like to say thank you to Wakefield for accepting my request and allowing me to take up this special opportunity.

“Featherstone play a fantastic and exciting brand of rugby. As a club they have clearly shown their ambitions by recruiting a very strong playing group, consisting of both exciting youth and a wealth of experienced players.

“Brian McDermott has had an illustrious coaching career & I am looking forward to working alongside both him, his coaching staff & the playing group.

“I feel extremely privileged and fortunate to be part of this exciting project and hopefully helping Featherstone Rovers achieve their Super League ambitions”.