LEIGH PAUL-RIENTOUL reckons more of his players in the York & District ARL representative team could catch the eye of York City Knights chiefs in tonight's pre-season clash.

District young guns Liam Jackson and Matt Chilton have been named in the Knights' squad for the game, having now officially been taken on trial by the League One club.

And Paul-Rientoul, chuffed it shows the rejuvenated District concept to be working, believes it could spur on the rest of his players to show they too deserve a crack at getting a pro contract.

"It's good to see players are getting that chance at York," he reasoned, having also seen his former York Acorn star, Joe Porter, win a deal with the Knights 12 months ago.

"If it was not for what we've been doing with York & District and the East v West game, maybe they wouldn't have been seen quite so much.

"James came to the East v West game and had chance to look at them in a rep game. Joe Porter as well was signed by the Knights after James watched last year's East v West game.

"They have to perform for their clubs as well, of course. But games like these are a chance to be in the shop window.

"Our guys on Wednesday night will want to say, 'Actually I'm better then those trialists so have a look at me.'

"They've got a lot to play for if they really want it."

Asked if Jackson or Chilton could make it in the pro arena, Paul-Rientoul said: "I think they've got them at the right age. They're young and the Knights could do a lot with them.

"Matt has been a standout performer for me this year (at York Acorn), and Liam got Player of the Tour on the Ukraine trip.

"Matt is a big, tall kid and really skilful. If York put him in the right direction with his weights, the gym and nutrition, and if he has the right attitude, there's no reason why he can't.

"I've only coached Liam with York & District so don't know him as well but he's been Heworth's standout player and a standout for the District too.

"He's the District Player of the Year and this is a chance for him to prove he is one of if not the best amateur player in the city.

"They're both kids as well - nice genuine lads. I'm sure they will listen to advice and that they're grateful for the opportunity.

"Matt said he was going to have a good go and if it works out then brilliant and if not, then he'd come back to us hopefully a better player for the experience. That's the best attitude to have."