Wigan Warriors Forward Joins York Knights On Loan

James McDonnell has joined Betfred Championship side York City Knights on an initial two-week loan deal.

The former Wigan St Judes ARLFC junior made his Betfred Super League debut for Wigan in September 2020 and arrives at York looking to get more first team minutes under his belt.

During three years within Wigan’s Academy, McDonnell, who was born in Wigan, became a double Academy Grand Final winner, which included the 2019 season when he scored 19 tries in as many games.

Warriors head of youth, Darrell Goulding, said:“This is a great opportunity for James to get some valuable game time which he needs at this point of his career. York are a very ambitious club with a great set up and I’m sure James will enjoy his time there and further his development.”

Knights Head Coach James Ford was pleased with the loan signing as his side are currently struggling with injury problems:

“We’re really grateful to be able to bring in a player of James’ pedigree on the back of Danny Kirmond’s concussion and a couple of other niggles that we’ve got.”

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