York City Knights are still hopeful of a playoff place despite their heavy defeat against Featherstone Rovers in the Summer Bash.
The Knights currently sit in 5th place on 18 points with Featherstone closing the gap to two points following their 42-10 victory in Blackpool last weekend. This is the second time in a month that the Knights have suffered defeat to Featherstone.
Despite this, the Knights had won their previous two games against Batley Bulldogs and Rochdale Hornets which saw them move to within two points off second place. The Knights will take on Toulouse Olympique who currently sit in second on the 8th of June, hoping that they can move above them.
Before the clash with Toulouse the Knights will be looking to build momentum when they take on Widnes Vikings in the league and Newcastle Thunder in the 1985 Cup. We expect York to prevail in the second-round tie against a Newcastle side that is currently sitting 5th in League One. However, Newcastle will relish the chance to cause an upset by beating a team who are a division above them.
With the push for the play offs in full swing the Knights will be looking upon some new arrivals to bolster their squad and help get them over the line.
The Highley rated 19-year-old joins from Leeds Rhinos on a month loan and is expected to add some considerable size to the team. The prop forward made 22 appearances for the Rhinos academy, impressing on several occasions and contributing 9 tries.
The 22-year-old half back returns for his second spell at York Knights, joining on a season long loan from Hull KR. Harris was a fan’s favourite at the Knights when making 18 appearances on dual-registration from Hull KR in 2017 – scoring 14 tries and 12 goals. His performances earned him a nomination for the League 1 Young Player of the Year award.