YORK City Knights have unveiled their 2018 home kit and announced their squad numbers for the start of the new season.

The new strip, along with a range of merchandise, was on show at the club's 2018 season launch night held at their York St John University training base in Haxby Road.

The new jerseys retain York RL's traditional amber and black colours but with a modern look.

They are described as thin amber and black hoops on a white base.

Club chairman Jon Flatman said: "We think the design is classic, smart and uncomplicated, on a shirt the supporters will hopefully be proud to wear in the 150th anniversary season of the first York club."

The team's 2018 away kit will be launched after Christmas.

Meanwhile, the squad numbers for 2018 arguably give an early indication of head coach James Ford’s potential first-choice team as they head towards their opening friendly, against York & District ARL XIII on December 27.

The latest new recruit, Jake Butler-Fleming, is immediately handed the number three jersey, while other notable signings from Hull KR, Ben Cockayne and Graeme Horne, have numbers two and 10 respectively.

Little-known half-back Brad Delaney, who has joined from Coventry Bears, is handed the number seven shirt.

The number 18 jersey is retired in memory of past supporters while the number 20 spot has been left blank, suggesting another new signing is imminent.

York City Knights 2018 squad numbers

1 Ash Robson, 2 Ben Cockayne, 3 Jake Butler-Fleming, 4 Brad Hey, 5 Judah Mazive, 6 Connor Robinson, 7 Brad Delaney, 8 Adam Robinson, 9 Andy Ellis, 10 Graeme Horne, 11 Joe Batchelor, 12 Sam Scott, 13 Tim Spears, 14 Harry Carter, 15 Chris Siddons, 16 Ronan Dixon, 17 Joe Porter, 19 Mike Kelly, 20 TBA, 21 Rory Dixon, 22 Jake Normington, 23 Adam Swift.

Meanwhile, the Knights' pre-season friendly away to Hull KR on Sunday, January 7 has been confirmed as a testimonial for Ben Cockayne.

The veteran winger/full-back joined York from the Robins this winter.

Knights boss James Ford said: "The boys will be looking to continue their progression through this challenging pre-season programme and hopefully we can put on a show for the fans, and give Ben a testimonial event that his career deserves.”

Tickets for the game cost £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under-16s. Corporate tables are available for £350 for a table of 10, to include wine and a two-course meal in the Legends Suite at KCOM Craven Park.

Cockayne said: “To have my testimonial game against Rovers for my new club York is the perfect fit for me and both clubs.

"It gives the Rovers fans opportunity to see the partner club and its players and also gives York fans the opportunity to come along and see their partner club and some potential players who may well be at York on dual-reg in 2018.

“I think it also gives the clubs as a whole from fans, players and staff to strengthen the bond and connection and I’m really looking forward to the occasion.

"Although it may be strange lining up against Rovers it’s a day that I’m already looking forward to.

“I think it will be a great challenge for us boys at York to play against quality opposition and I also think it’ll be a great challenge for a strong Rovers team and a great start to 2018 for both clubs.

“I look forward to running out at Craven Park in what will most likely be my last ever time as a player."