Ambitious York City Knights add Ben Jones-Bishop to Championship squad

27 Jan 2021 @ 7.26 am
| Sport

York City Knights have stepped up their bid to gain promotion to Super League with the signing of former Leeds winger Ben Jones-Bishop from Wakefield.

After Danny Kirmond and Ryan Atkins, the 32-year-old is the Knights’ third recruit from Trinity for 2021, demonstrating their lofty ambitions.

Jones-Bishop, who is set to play for Jamaica in the end-of-season World Cup, can boast 241 appearances across a 12-year Super League career with Leeds, Harlequins, Salford and Wakefield.

York coach James Ford said: “I’m very proud to bring Ben to York. His track record as a player and a person are unquestionable.

“Ben brings an outstanding level of threat to an already talented squad. He also brings with him heaps of experience and leadership.

“Ben has displayed an immense amount of resilience and drive to come back from some serious adversity. I’m confident he will fit in well and further supplement our culture.”

Jones-Bishop, a Grand Final winner with Leeds, sustained a depressed fractured skull early in his career and missed the first six months of last season with a blood clot on his lungs but recovered to play in eight of Trinity’s last 11 matches.

“The last 18 months have been good for me mentally,” he said. “After being out for a long time I had chance to reflect on things and I wanted the opportunity for a new challenge and to see what was out there.

“I thought when I came back last season my performances showed I still have plenty to offer.

“Hopefully I can have a strong season and have a positive impact on the team and earn a place for Jamaica at the World Cup.”

Knights 2021 season tickets and memberships are on sale now.