York tie down key trio

York have confirmed the re-signing of Liam Salter, Marcus Stock and Perry Whiteley for the 2021 season.

Ex-Hull KR centre or back rower Salter, 27, was a real coup when he joined the Knights in 2019, having previously made over 120 Super League appearances for the Robins.

Stock, 24, arrived from Hemel Stags ahead of 2019 and has developed into an established Championship player, even winning York’s ‘Shooting Star’ award in his first season.

Whiteley, 27, has been quite the journeyman throughout his career, having spells with Huddersfield, Sheffield, Keighley, Workington and even in Australian Country RL, but settled at the Knights after joining in 2018, scoring eight tries in 20 appearances last season.

On the retentions, York head coach James Ford said: “Liam is a very tough, physical rugby player who offers us some versatility.

Marcus Stock has impressed since jlining the Knights from Hemel in League 1 in 2019. Credit: Craig Hawkhead/News Images

“He carries the ball very effectively and with some real intent in his defensive contact. Liam’s attitude is first class and as long as that remains I’m confident he’ll keep performing to very high levels.

“Marcus has really impressed everyone at York with his attitude towards his and the team’s development.

“He has excellent footwork, a good understanding of the game and with his coachability I can see him continuing to develop at a rapid rate.

“Den showed heaps of potential at the back end of 2019 where he finished as our first-choice winger.

“Perry will face stiff competition for a spot in 2021 and he’s excited by that challenge. I’m confident that competition will facilitate a fitter, faster and better Perry Whiteley.”

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