Danny Washbrook will join York City Knights for the 2020 campaign after signing a one-year deal with the club.
Washbrook, whose decade of service to the Black & Whites has come to an end following the completion of the 2019 Betfred Super League campaign, will join up with James Ford’s side in a historic season as they move into the brand-new York Community Stadium.
The Knights have enojyed a successful season, finishing third and are currently battling for a place in Super League in 2020 in the end-of-season play-offs in the Betfred Championship, up against Toronto, Toulouse and Leigh/Featherstone for the sport left vacant by relegated London.
Utility-man Washbrook, who made his debut for the club back in 2005 under then head coach John Kear, ran out for the Airlie Birds in their only Super League Grand Final appearance back in 2006 at just 21-years old.
His first spell at the club would see him spent seven years at the KCOM Stadium before heading to West Yorkshire to enjoy a four season spell with Wakefield Trinity, with whom he helped secure Super League survival in the 2015 Million Pound Game.
But Washbrook, a popular figure amongst both supporters and teammates returned to the club in 2016 and was part of the historic Challenge Cup winning squad at Wembley Stadium, coming off the bench as Lee Radford’s men downed Warrington 12-10.
He again repeated the feat in 2017 as Hull made it back-to-back victories at the national stadium.
After gaining over 350 career appearances and becoming one of the club’s all-time top Super League appearance makers, Washbrook was rewarded with a testimonial year in 2019 to mark ten years with his home-town club, but heads for pastures new in 2020 - his 16th season in the professional game.
Speaking on his decision to join the Knights, Washbrook said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play at York. I had thoughts about retiring at the end of the 2019 season but having only played a handful of games this year, I feel I have more to give.
“It was only by chance I spoke to John Flatman at York who asked me if I’d be interested in joining the Knights for 2020. And after going away and discussing it with my wife and close friends, I decided it was the right move for me.
“I also had a chat with Ben Cockayne and Graham Horne about their time at the club, as well as James Ford, and they couldn’t speak highgly enough of the club and that sold it for me.”
On his decade of service to the club, Washbrook added: “Obviously the two Challenge Cup Finals are the stand-out highlights, but there are way more games and moments that stick out in the memory too; my full debut away at Catalans, walking out at Old Trafford, making my very first Wembley appearance.
“I’ve met friends for life and become close to people who I have huge respect and admiration for here. I will miss everything about the club, it has been a huge part of mine and my family’s life since i first joined the scholarship at 15 years old.”
Everyone at Hull FC would like to wish Danny and his family all the very best for the future.