After featuring for the Betfred League 1 club over the last six weeks, York City Knights’ St Helens loanee Aaron Smith has found himself a spot in a Super League roster for the next month at least.
Following a recent knee injury to Shaun Lunt, Hull KR boss Tim Sheens views the temporary acquisition of the 21 year old as a good move for both club and player. “We’re thankful to St Helens for allowing Aaron to come across to us. He’s a bright young player with good speed and awareness out of dummy-half who gives us specialist cover in that position until Shaun Lunt is available.”
The Australian coach explained how the close relationship the Super League club share with the Knights has aided the signing. “Aaron was brought to our attention whilst playing for York with some strong performances and positive feedback from the coaching staff there, as well as some of our own players who played alongside him,” he revealed. While it is a rarely seen result of the dual-registration system, the player will no doubt be glad to have been given a crack at Super League after a short period with York. Sheens added “it’s a good sign for the system and our partnership with York that Aaron was struggling to get game time at the start of the season given the depth in the St Helens squad, but he’s gone to the Knights, worked hard and now got an opportunity to show what he can do in Super League.”
The Knights will no doubt be keen to see Smith back at Bootham Crescent after his spell in Humberside but, if James Ford’s past comments are anything to go by, will be wishing the youngster well with the Robins. During his short time with the Minster city club, the hooker scored four tries, including two in their record-breaking 144-0 victory over West Wales Raiders.