York City Knights snap up ex-Hull FC prop Paul King

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York City Knights have completed the signing of former Hull FC prop Paul King on a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old ended the 2011 season on loan at Whitehaven from Wakefield.

King played alongside Knights coach Chris Thorman at Hull, playing more than 300 games for the club, as well as winning a Great Britain cap.

"His experience will be a huge benefit. He's a man who will lead by example and he's a very good footballer too," Thorman told BBC Radio York.

"We were in the running for a prop. Paul King was top of that list and we're really glad that we've got him.

"We've made a point of signing a couple more experienced players, just to complement the youth and the enthusiasm of the squad.

"He's very skilful, too, he's more than capable of throwing a 20-metre pass on either side.

"He's someone I'm really looking forward to working with, and I'm looking forward to him integrating into the squad as well."

Thorman, who recently replaced Dave Woods as head coach, is close to completing his squad for the next Championship campaign following their reprieve from relegation, and the news that there will be no relegation next season following an Rugby Football League review.

"I'm maybe one signing off, I think. I've been able to sign some real quality players which will massively benefit the club," Thorman added.

"I have to say thank you to everybody who has injected money into the club, because we wouldn't have had half as strong a squad."

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