HEAD coach James Ford has not ruled out keeping Danny Maskill at York City Knights even after Harry Carter returns from his knee injury.

As reported by The Press, Maskill, 22, has arrived on loan from Featherstone ahead today's League One trip to Coventry Bears (3pm), joining Andy Ellis and Will Jubb in competing for a dummy-half role.

Carter, meanwhile, is expected back in action within the month after medics deemed his season was not over as previously thought.

Asked if Maskill could become a long-term recruit even when Carter is fit and firing, Ford said: "We will see how he performs.

"I believe in having three hookers. We got great news about Harry Carter but he's not quite ready to play and we have to make sure we have options and depth.

"Dan was looking for an opportunity so it works for all three parties - us, Dan and Featherstone.

"What we do beyond this is influenced by Dan's performances and efforts in training."

Former Wakefield academy young gun Maskill, who has spent the past three years in Australia, went through pre-season with Featherstone and played in trial games including the friendly against York but has made only one substitute appearance so far this term for the Championship big guns.

Added Ford: "He looks defensively really well coached and he's a very good trainer so will bring a lot to our environment.

"He's very keen to get out there and show us and everyone else what he's capable of."