YORK RUFC have confirmed the appointment of former Great Britain rugby league international Graham Steadman as Head Coach.

Steadman, a legend of the York Knights, will replace long-term Head Coach Lee Denham after over 200 matches at the helm with Denham making the decision to step down from his role.

York’s new Head Coach made 97 appearances for the Knights from 1982 to 1986, as well as having spells with Huddersfield Giants, Featherstone Rovers, Castleford Tigers and former Australian side Gold Coast Chargers.

During his time in North Yorkshire with the Knights, Steadman proudly holds a record-breaking most points in a season after securing 138 points in the 1984/85 season, replacing Vic Yorke as the club's record-holder. 

Steadman was also once the most expensive player in rugby league, after Castleford paid a then-world record £170,000 for his services.

The 62-year-old brings a wealth of experience which includes an appearance in the 1992 Betfred Challenge Cup final, winning back-to-back trophies in the Yorkshire Cup and lifting the 1994 Regal Trophy.

Along with this, Steadman has also represented Great Britain on 17 different occasions over a four year spell.

He also brings valuable coaching experience having worked as head coach at Castleford for three years, and with Hull Ionians in rugby union.

Steadman has most recently worked alongside former Knights Head Coach James Ford in the Featherstone coaching set-up.

Denham's departure brings a sadness to York after such a dedicated spell with the club, but he left with the club's best wishes, who said: "When he called time on his playing career coaching was a natural move for a man with so much love and knowledge of rugby.

"Initially he began coaching at Hull Ionians before rejoining Clifton Park in the 201516 season.  

"He has coached over 200 games at York and alongside this role he also coached Yorkshire U18 and Ronin 7s amongst others.

"He leaves Clifton Park a far better place than when he began.  

"His love of rugby is demonstrated by him never accepting a penny for his role and giving so much to the team - although he does love new stash whenever it’s on offer!

"He managed to turn out for the Cavs whenever he can. Most notably, Lee has guided the team through covid to two promotions out of Yorkshire 1 and on to North 1 East, our highest ever league position.

"He has initiated numerous innovative ideas around the squad. The player of the month award tankard and man of the match belts have been influential in bringing the players together to achieve great things.

"Lee was the initiator of the charity shirt day and auction which has raised thousands of pounds for the various charities whilst being a lot of fun for players and supporters alike.  

"Thank you for all your contribution to the club, you have certainly left a lasting legacy.

" You will always be welcome at Clifton Park.  Thank you and all the best for the future."