York City Knights have confirmed the signing of young hooker Tom Inman on an initial two-week loan deal from Betfred Super League club Warrington Wolves.
The new recruit comes in at a time where the Knights have seen hookers Kriss Brining and Sam Davis retire and leave on loan, respectively, in recent months and Inman will provide additional depth to the squad.
On his arrival, Head Coach James Ford said of the 19-year-old: “Tom is a talented young hooker with an exceptional desire to succeed. In my opinion, it’s a big step up from Super League reserves but Tom is really excited to take on that first challenge.
“He’s been training with Warrington’s first team squad but unfortunately he’s found himself behind some world class hookers. Not everyone’s journey in the game is the same and I’m looking forward to getting to know Tom and helping him on his journey.”
Meanwhile, Warrington completed the signing of Matty Nicholson from Wigan Warriors yesterday.
The 18-year-old England Knights international is one of the country’s most exciting young forwards and can play either loose-forward or back-row. The Halifax-born forward was highly-sought after amongst Super League and NRL Clubs.
Nicholson scored twice on his first Super League appearance for the Warriors last month against Huddersfield Giants in an impressive debut.
He will add valuable strength to Warrington’s forwards options for next season along with a number of the club’s Academy graduates who will be promoted up to the first team.
Matty Nicholson said: “I’m excited to be joining Warrington and it’s an opportunity I’m really excited about.
“After speaking to Daryl [Powell] and Karl [Fitzpatrick] I’m excited to be a part of the plans that are in place here for the next few years. I feel like I can play my best rugby under Daryl and kick on with my development here at Warrington.”
Warrington Wolves Head Coach Daryl Powell added: “Matty is one of the best young forwards in the game and we are delighted he will be joining us as we look to create an exciting mix of experience and youth in our pack.
“He will join us as a driven young player alongside Thomas Mikaele (24) and James Harrison (26) as a strong pack foundation for the future.”