JAKE Butler-Fleming's return is "a huge testament to the training and culture" at York City Knights.

That's according to head coach James Ford, who could barely hide his delight after sealing a loan deal for the Aussie outside back for the remainder of the 2018 season – with no recall option.

Butler-Fleming joined the Knights ahead of last season's Super Eights, scoring two tries in five games.

The 26-year-old subsequently joined on a permanent basis in December before Championship outfit Toronto Wolfpack snapped him up for an undisclosed fee shortly before the campaign began.

However, Butler-Fleming saw playing opportunities limited and recently spent time on loan at Bradford Bulls, before returning to the Knights on a short-term deal.

Ford said: "Jake's a good player, a centre potentially of Super League calibre. I really enjoyed the time I had coaching him last year and earlier this year, and he left on good terms.

“I’m delighted to have him back on board. When the opportunity arose for him to test himself in the full time arena, we begrudgingly didn’t stand in his way.

“It is a huge testament to the training and culture we provide at the Knights that Jake was so keen to return to us. The togetherness of the squad was a big factor in his decision also.

“Our fantastic supporters make a huge difference too – their incredible backing is a big factor in attracting players.”