Rugby League: York City Knights end dual-registration deal with Hull FC
Last Updated: 13/09/13 11:45am
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York City Knights have confirmed that they have severed their dual-registration partnership with Hull FC less than nine months into a three-year deal.
Knights head coach Gary Thornton was particularly scathing of the attitude of some of the players who came in and hinted at broken promises from the Super League club as another source of frustration.
York chairman John Guilford was more diplomatic that his coach as his explained that the partnership simply had not worked out.
"It won't be continuing next year," he told the York Evening Press. "We (the two clubs) did not fall out and there was no big issue. It was just not working.
"It doesn't mean we won't go (into partnership) with another club, although we'd have to go in with our eyes open."
It is thought that the Knights gave the required six months' notice to Hull informing them that they wished to end the agreement, which will officially cease early next year.
Whilst the likes of Tom Lineham, Jack Briscoe and Dean Hadley impressed for York, other high profile players that Hull had led York to believe would be available for them were held back and those that did feature rarely appeared interested.
"I was not happy with the attitude of some who came. Their heart was not in it and it meant, after some of the things they did, I was not going to pick them again."
Indeed Danny Nicklas is believed to have refused to play for the Knights again after 10 appearances.
"I was very disappointed in it," said Thornton. "I don't think it did us any favours apart from two players in Jack Briscoe and Dean Hadley.
"Jack in particular was excellent and I was sorry when he got injured (in early July). Tom Lineham got himself a chance at Super League and did fantastically well, so congratulations to him and there's no criticism there.
"But I was not happy with the attitude of some who came. Their heart was not in it and it meant, after some of the things they did, I was not going to pick them again.
"I was disappointed over Easter when Hull offered us no players - something they did not mention at the outset.
"We needed them up at Barrow (a defeat on Easter Monday) as it was a big ask for our young guys to back up after we beat Featherstone (on Good Friday).
"The other disappointing thing is the list of quality players we were told would be made available did not materialise. And the whole Danny Nicklas affair was a joke."
York were ultimately relegated from the Championship this season on the back of a run of 11 straight defeats to end the season, with no Hull players featuring in the last nine of those games - seemingly after York had let their desire to end the dual-registration agreement be known.