Chris Thorman appointed York City Knights coach

Chris Thorman
Thorman played in Super League for Hull before joining York

York City Knights have named Chris Thorman as their new head coach following the sacking of Dave Woods.

Ex-England international Thorman, 31, has been player-assistant coach since arriving at York in 2009 after spells with Hull FC, Broncos and Huddersfield.

Thorman said: "Obviously I was sorry to see Dave go and wish him all the best.

"I would also like to echo the club's statement regarding his contribution but I am now focusing on the job in hand and looking forward to the role."

He went on: "I will sit down with the coaches and management staff over the next few days to formulate a list of players to identify, but I have been involved with our recruitment and planning to date, so that will make things easier."

Thorman was temporarily placed in charge of the team when former coach James Ratcliffe was suspended at the start of the 2010 season.

He will now concentrate on the start of the club's pre-season training programme and finalising his squad for the 2012 season.

Former reserves coach Mick Ramsden will assist Thorman in the role.