TWO of Castleford Tigers’ highly regarded young players have joined York City Knights on dual registration terms.
Back row forward John Davies and scrum-half Ben Johnson have joined the Co-operative Championship side with a view to gaining valuable first team experience that in turn can benefit them back at Cas.
York first showed interest in the pair and Jordan Thompson earlier this month, but injury problems and the suspension for Rangi Chase initially stalled any deals before head coach Ian Millward agreed to Davies joining York in time to play for them against Batley on Sunday when he scored a try and was named man of the match.
Thompson’s restoration to the Tigers’ first team line-up has meant there will be no drop into the Championship for him, but teenage scrum-half Johnson will join up with Davies and the rest of the York squad this week and could make his debut in the game against Swinton at the start of next month.
Davies played for Cas against St Helens on Easter Monday, but has been mostly in the under 20s team so far this season. He has previously played one game on dual registration at York in 2010 and eight times last year.
Johnson is a former York Acorn ARL junior who represented the North Yorkshire Service Area before moving to the Castleford area in his teens.
He signed his first full-time contract with the Tigers in October, aged 19, after winning the under-20s player of the year award.
Knights player-coach Chris Thorman said: “Ben is a very evasive runner, a good organiser and possesses a good kicking game and he’ll be a very welcome addition.
“Regarding John, we know the qualities he’ll bring and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”