York sign Johnston for 2020

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York City Knights have signed halfback Ben Johnston for the 2020 season.

Johnston had spent the last six seasons at Halifax, where he scored 49 tries in 123 games for the club.

“I always wanted to return to my hometown club. Fordy was my amateur coach so feel I owe a lot to him – I would have never played Super League or Championship with out his influence.” He said.

“I feel like the club is building something special on the field with a really tough and competitive squad, and off the field with the new stadium.

“After a great 2019 season we will have a bit of a target on our heads, but we will be prepared for that. I just want to add to what seems a great group of lads that are willing to work hard for one another.”

York head coach James Ford added: “I’m absolutely delighted to bring Ben to the club. I’m confident he’ll bring a different dimension to our attacking game with his running and reactive threat.

“Ben’s a great kid who will fit in really well and he was excited about being challenged to break into our team.”

Meanwhile, hooker Harry Carter has left to sign for Doncaster.

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