Huddersfield Giants man finds new club for 2023

York RLFC have confirmed that forward Jon Luke Kirby has signed a deal with the Knights for 2023, joining from Huddersfield Giants.

The 24-year-old forward has had previous loan spells with Hunslet and Dewsbury Rams as well as the Knights’ fellow Betfred Championship club Halifax after making his Huddersfield debut in 2019.

After showing great promise as a youngster coming through the Giants’ youth system, he captained their Academy side before being promoted to the first-team squad where he has spent the last four seasons.

On the signing, Head Coach Andrew Henderson said: “When I first took a look at our squad, it was evident we had more strength in depth in some positions over others.

“The front row was an area I felt we could ad to, so I was pleased when I discovered Jon was available and willing to take an opportunity with us.

“Injury in the past two seasons has played its part in Jon’s ability to establish himself but he has gainted valuable experience training full-time and playing in the Championship with loan spells at Halifax and Dewsbury.

“I was impressed with Jon when we spoke and the conversation backed up my due diligence that he was honest and a good person.

“He’s an industrious player with a good work ethic. I am very much looking forward to working with him and I’m hopeful we will see Jon improve further in our environment.”

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