Hull FC's Danny Nicklas joins York City Knights under clubs' new partnership
HULL FC half-back Danny Nicklas has joined York City Knights on a season-long loan deal as part of a new partnership.
The Black and Whites have partnered with the Championship side with an agreement which will see Hull share their media, marketing and coaching experience with York, while at the same time sending up to five of their first- team players to play at the Huntington Stadium.
Nicklas is the first of those five players to be confirmed and the stand-off will spend the 2013 season playing with York, while still training as part of the first-team squad at Hull.
Speaking about the signing of a formal agreement between the clubs, Hull FC's director of rugby Shaun McRae said: "We are delighted to secure this partnership with the Knights and we look forward to working with coach Gary Thornton, his staff and their players next year and beyond.
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"Linking up with York was a natural step given the strong relations between the two clubs and I'm sure both parties will soon see the benefits this exciting partnership will provide.
"With the proposed changes to the academy structure next year, this will provide a great opportunity for some of our younger players to develop in a more competitive environment with a club that boasts one of the strongest traditions in the game."
As part of the agreement the two sides will meet for a pre-season friendly on January 27
The partnership between Hull FC and York City Knights begins with immediate effect, although player movement between the two clubs will not commence until the start of the 2013 season.
NORTH Ferriby boss Billy Heath felt his side showed good spirit to come back from 2-0 down to beat Grantham Town 3-2.
But he has warned his EvoStik Premier Division table-toppers not to let their standards slip again if they want to push for promotion.
Outplayed in the first half, the Villagers were perhaps lucky to be only two goals down to goals from Rhys Lewis and Connor Higginson.
But in the second half it was rather a different story as the introduction of Russell Fry and Ryan Kendall after 53 minutes saw Ferriby change their formation and begin to control the game.
Chris Bolder's header started the comeback, before Kendall fired home the equaliser and went on to bag the winner with just ten minutes to go.
"We were poor in the first half, but in the second half we showed great spirit and determination to turn the game around," said Heath.
"It's always good to see substitutions work successfully. Going to 4-3-3 tightened up the midfield. Russell Fry played really well and we scored three good goals."
Ferriby have now extended their lead at the top of the table to five points.
NFU: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Mark Gray, Ben Hunter (Russell Fry 53), Chris Bolder Jack Muldoon (Steve Ridley 88) Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Williams (Ryan Kendall 53), Non-playing subs: Danny Clarke, Antoni Pecora
A NEW six-a-side football league is starting at Hymers College in Hull and teams are wanted to take part.
Hat Trick Football are overseeing the games, which will be played on an outdoor all-weather pitch on Tuesday evenings, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The new season starts on November 20 and is open to teams of all standards, works teams, existing teams or groups of friends. All players must be aged 16 or over.
It is free to enter and match fees are £24 per team per week, £2.70 per player based on a nine-man squad.
The league is affiliated to the East Riding FA and will use FA-qualified referees.
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