SUPER League starlet Ross Divorty has agreed to join York City Knights.

The former New Earswick ARLC junior - the son of ex-Great Britain forward Gary Divorty - has signed for his local professional club from top-tier giants Hull on a one-year deal.

The 19-year-old was yet to play for Hull's first team but, such is his reputation, he has a clause in his contract allowing him to go to another Super League club for free should one come calling.

Knights chief executive John Guildford was delighted to have him on board and believes making the switch to National League Two will enable him to further his career.

"He's got a great future in the game," said Guildford. "Hopefully we will put him in the shop window and he will carry on up the ladder.

"I expect he will play in Super League.

"He's had some great coaching at Hull, he's been in the full-time environment and he's got the right attitude. It rests with him, but the future looks bright."

Divorty - whose late grandfather, Robin, also turned out for York A' before becoming a well-respected junior coach - was in the 28-man first-team squad at Hull this year but played in their under-21s senior academy, mainly at prop.

The Press revealed last month that the Knights were on his trail, with player-coach Paul March explaining he knew about the Divorty clan having started his career at Wakefield just as Gary was finishing his.

Divorty junior has now decided to join his home-town club, even though he was offered another deal by the Airlie Birds while other clubs were also showing interest.

Guildford sees him more as a back-rower in the open age arena.

He said: "He's only a young fellow but he's been playing front-row for their U21s. Props generally don't mature until they're older so I imagine he will be a back-rower with us.

"We looked at him last year and he's come on a lot since then. He should be a big asset to us. He's a young lad but he's another one who has been in the Super League environment, which will hopefully bring an extra bit of professionalism to us."

Divorty, a former England Schoolboy international, will be joined in making the switch from the KC Stadium by fellow teenager Sam Blaney.

A centre who has played with the Airlie Birds' Under-18s junior academy for the past two years, Blaney is also from York and was on the Knights' scholarship scheme a couple of years ago.

He is now one of the youngsters in the groundbreaking new York College rugby league team.

A former Heworth and North Yorkshire junior, he was the Villagers' U16s player of the year in 2005, before he joined Hull's youth set-up.

Knights' former assistant-boss Jason Ramshaw, who coached Blaney at scholarship level, said: "It's pleasing he's back with us and hopefully he will be pushing for a first-team place.

"Hull will have developed him but we would like to think we've had an involvement in his development as well.

"He's a bit of an all-rounder, very quick with good feet. He's an elusive player and pretty strong.

"He's got a good attitude and great things are hoped of him."