Wigan Warriors forward joins York on loan

Wigan fringe forward James McDonnell is heading out on loan.

James McDonnell has not featured for Adrian Lam's side this year
James McDonnell has not featured for Adrian Lam's side this year

He has joined Betfred Championship side York City Knights on an initial two-week deal.

Knights head coach, James Ford has previously coached the 21-year-old, when McDonnell lined up in the back-row for England academy in late 2018 when Ford was assistant coach and helped England to a series victory over the visiting Australia Schoolboys team.

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The former Wigan St Judes ARLFC junior made his Betfred Super League debut for Wigan in September 2020 - at centre. He has not played for Adrian Lam's side this year and with the reserve competition shelved as a cost-cutting measure following the pandemic, Wigan's coaching staff felt a spell on loan would benefit him.

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Warriors head of youth, Darrell Goulding, said: “This is a great opportunity for James to get some valuable game time which he needs at this point of his career. York are a very ambitious club with a great set up and I’m sure James will enjoy his time there and further his development.”