Knights snap up speedy Super League star

Man on the run. Speedy Smith joins the Knights. Photograph: saintsrlfc.com

York City Knights have made their 11th signing of the season, and this one could be up there with the best.

The club have been in desperate search for a dummy half to fill in for Harry Carter, who suffered a season-ending injury in the 64-6 Challenge Cup victory against Askam.

Today, they have finally found their man, as 21-year-old Aaron Smith has signed on the dotted line on loan from Super League giants St Helens.

Smith has been part of the youth system at the Manchester based club since he was 11, and is highly regarded at the top level of rugby.

The speedy number 9 was part of a St Helens Academy team that went undefeated all season in 2016, and scored 7 tries in 15 games played for the reserves last season.

Smith also represented England at U18 level back in 2015, where he played a full year of international matches.

Top class

Knights coach James Ford craves competition for places. Photograph: York City Knights

Smith will by no means walk into the Knights squad and will have to compete alongside some experienced players for a place.

Will Jubb had a great game and scored a try in the weekend win over Keighley Cougars, while Andy Ellis is another well established player in Smith’s position.

Head Coach James Ford is confident that Smith will bring more pace and energy to his side, and highlighted that the competition for places is key.

He said:

Aaron is quick and evasive. He’ll bring some more running threat from dummy half, and competition for places in a key position.

He comes highly regarded from a top-class environment. We’re pleased to have him on board

James Ford

Aaron will be available for selection for Friday’s huge game against Betfred League 1 leaders Doncaster on Good Friday.