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Super League forward heads to the Championship

York City Knights have signed former Castleford Tigers, Hull FC and Leigh Centurions forward Jordan Thompson.

With over 250 career appearances to his name, Thompson began his career with Castleford Tigers before taking in two spells at both Hull FC and Leigh Centurions throughout his career, as well as a short time with Leeds in 2018.

During his time with Castleford, 30-year-old Thompson had a five-match stint with the Knights on dual-registration when he was eighteen in 2010.

With experience having left the Knights pack in the off-season, with the likes of Danny Washbrook, James Green and Tim Spears all retiring, Normanton-born Thompson arrives and joins the likes of Joe Brown, Jamie Ellis and Liam Harris as new signings for 2022.

Discussing his new recruit, Knights Head Coach James Ford said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get Jordy over the line, he’s a very competitive player with an outstanding skill set for a middle.

“Jordy will add a significant amount of tenacity to our team, something that I was very keen to add to our team and squad.”

Thompson himself, on the move, said: “I’m really happy to have joined the club. It’s a good club that is looking to push on to be one of the best in the division.

“It was quite an easy decision and, obviously, the facilities are second to none so I’m looking forward to it.”

During his time at Castleford early in his career, forward Thompson played alongside Ford with the latter claiming that Thompson replaced him in the team.

“I hope he doesn’t hold a grudge for that,” he noted, before commenting on how much he’s looking forward to being coached by Ford. “That’s what made the decision to come and join easy for me, really.

“He was a big thing in that and, obviously, already having a good relationship with him, I think the rugby side will come from that and I’ll enjoy myself under him.”

Thompson’s arrival, with a vast amount of Super League rugby under his belt, comes at an important time with the aforementioned retirees taking a lot of experience with them. Discussing how he feels his know-how from a career spanning over a decade, Thompson acknowledged that he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m looking forward to that, it’s a big challenge but with the rugby I’ve played over the last few years, that should come naturally and if the group look at me as a leader then that’s great. It won’t be too much pressure because I’ve played enough and I’ve done enough to be able to cope so I’m quite excited about it.

Speaking about the type of player he is and what the Knights fans can expect from him in 2022, Thompson added: “You’ll get the best rugby out of me. I definitely enjoy playing with the ball even though I’ll be playing in the middle.

“I like defending aggressively so, hopefully, there will be a lot for them to cheer on! I’ll definitely be ripping in so the Knights fans will see my best rugby.”

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