TOM LINEHAM has returned to the York Knights until the end-of-the-season.

Lineham returns to York having began his professional career with the Knights in 2009, registering 11 tries in 18 appearances as York won promotion to the Betfred Championship.

An impressive start to his career with York saw the 32-year-old earn a move into the Betfred Super League with Hull FC in 2011, crossing for 54 tries in 68 outings during a four year stint in East Yorkshire. 

Lineham then made the move to Warrington Wolves ahead of the 2016 campaign, featuring 133 times for the Wire and securing 83 tries.

Also a former England Knights International, Lineham won the 2016 League Leaders' Shield and the 2019 Betfred Challenge Cup with Warrington, whilst also featuring in three other major domestic finals. 

Lineham played in the 2016 and 2018 Betfred Super League Grand Finals, as well as the 2018 Challenge Cup final, having also enjoyed shorter stints in his career with Rochdale Hornets, Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers. 

After two seasons with Wakefield in the Super League, Lineham has returned to North Yorkshire following Trinity's relegation to the Betfred Championship last season, and will provide competition for places with AJ Towse, Connor Brown and Brad Ward.

Lineham expressed his excitement in re-uniting with the Knights, saying: "There's not many clubs that would excite me to come back into the sport but York was one of them.

"They gave me an opportunity in 2009 which then progressed into my careers at Hull FC and Warrington.

"I see a lot of potential here at York, it's a really nice city with great facilities.

"It'd be great to see the club continue to progress over the next five to 10 years and I'm hoping I can come back, have a positive effect and repay them as a thank you for their support all those years ago."

Head Coach Andrew Henderson was equally as delighted, saying: "I'm really pleased to be able to bring Tom to York.

"I spent four years with Tom at Warrington (as Assistant Coach) and I really enjoyed working with him. He's a wonderful player and I know the quality of the player that he is.

"I still believe that he has a lot to offer and he is keen to finish his career on a high, particularly here at York, the Club where he started his rugby league."