Two of the most historic clubs in English rugby league will join forces, with Hull FC and the York City Knights announcing a new partnership that will see players exchanged on a loan and dual registration basis in 2013.

In conjunction with that, Hull FC share practices and advice with York on other strategies, such as media, marketing, strength and conditioning and coaching development, with the Championship side.

Hull FC’s Director of Rugby Shaun McRae, sees it as a great opportunity for both clubs to continue to thrive in rugby league.

“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.

“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.”

In a sign that the new partnership is already flourishing, promising halfback Danny Nicklas will link up with the Knights on a season-long loan, but he will still remain full-time at Hull.

Ian Wilson, the General Manager of the York City Knights, says that the club is looking forward to the partnership with a powerhouse of the Super League.

“We are delighted to enter into this exciting partnership with Hull FC. We already have strong links with the Hull area in terms of our playing roster and we believe that the partnership will only enhance this.

“It is important to re-iterate that the partnership goes way beyond player movement and has been carefully structured to include support around many other areas including coach development, medical support, strength and conditioning, facilities, performance analysis, commercial and hospitality, media and marketing, and community work.

“In addition to the benefits identified above, the partnership is also financially beneficial to York City Knights, and Hull FC have committed to sponsoring a number of matches and other items.

“Utilising the resources that Hull FC have available to them will be extremely beneficial for the club and we look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

By ricky

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