Kingstone Press League 1 will, in 2018, have two brothers competing against each other with one on the field and one calling the shots following former Super League forward Graeme Horne joining the York City Knights and, with his brother Richard already head coach at League 1 rivals Doncaster, there promises to be a couple of interesting days for the Horne family next year.
With both teams likely to be competing in the upper echelons of the division, Knights head coach James Ford was delighted to confirm the signing of the former Hull KR forward who featured for the York side towards the end of the 2017 campaign as part of the dual registration agreement. The Hull born forward will also take up the role of assistant manager at Bootham Crescent as he looks forward to cutting his coaching teeth, stating that “the opportunity for me to start to cut my coaching teeth in coaching under a head coach like James Ford really excites me.” That respect is clearly mutual with Ford looking forward to working with his new assistant, saying that“Graeme will being an experienced alternative viewpoint in terms of coaching – he’s someone I’m really looking forward to working with.” Following the departure of former assistant and player Jonny Presley, Ford has made no bones about his desire for someone to fill the void and Horne is another piece to the playing jigsaw which is also developing it’s experienced core to supplement the young ranks. Indeed, Ben Cockayne will also be joining up with his former teammate at York and, talking of the squad the 2017 losing play off semi finalists, Horne said “they’re putting together a squad capable of challenging for promotion in a very competitive league and I’m excited to be part of that.”
The signing of such a hugely experienced player who has played at the top level – Horne has over 250 Super League appearances – is testament to the development of the Knights over the past season as well as the potential of the club who, with a full off season to prepare for 2018 unlike the previous year coupled with the news that ground is set to be broken on their new stadium means that optimism can abound for York – and Graeme will be hoping to get one over Richard come the end of 2018.