YORK City Knights boss James Ford did not feel that it was “right and proper” to make a bid for dual-registered half-back Liam Harris.

The 20-year-old left Hull KR to sign a two-year deal with Kingstone Press League One side Doncaster for an undisclosed fee after spending the 2017 season with Knights.

Ford said: “We would have loved to have the option of keeping him, but ultimately he’s a Hull KR player.

“We were aware that there was a transfer fee involved, but it didn’t feel right and proper to make a bid behind his parent club’s back.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s gone, he’s got his best years ahead of him.

“I’m pleased he’s got this opportunity. He’s a good lad who I enjoyed working with, and who I’m sure gave a number of fans great pleasure in watching.

“I wish him all the best.”

Harris spent the majority of the 2017 campaign on dual-registration terms with Knights from partner club Hull Kingston Rovers, making 18 appearances, scoring 14 tries and 12 goals and almost taking the team to the Championship.

He has received recognition at both York and KR, being nominated for League One Young Player of the Year along with Knights teammate Ash Robson, and is currently in the running for The Press Player of the Year.

He played once in the Championship for parent club Hull KR, where he is a former Academy Player of the Year.