FORMER Giants captain Chris Thorman will tonight be officially unveiled as a York City Knights player and assistant coach.
The goal-kicking half-back will sign his two-year contract with the Championship I club in Bar 13 in the city at 7pm, and fans are invited to come along to witness the event.
“We are delighted Chris will be joining the Knights for 2010,” said Knights general manager Ian Wilson.
“Chris will bring a wealth of experience to the team and we are really looking forward to watching him perform next season.
“We would urge Knights fans to come down to Bar 13 tonight to meet Chris and show him what fantastic support our fans give the players.”
Fellow new signings Alex Benson, Joe McLocklan, Mark Falkingham and Luke Hardbottle will also be at the event.
But it is obviously the recruitment of Thorman, who was released by Hull FC at the end of last season that has created the most interest, with coach James Ratcliffe delighted to have secured his services for next season.
“Chris is still in his prime and was wanted by Super League clubs, so this is a massive coup for us,” said Ratcliffe.
“He will bring a vast amount of experience, both on and off the field.
“He has worked under some great coaches – Tony Smith, Brian Smith and Jon Sharp to name but a few – and has a wealth of knowledge to bring, not only to the players but me as a coach.
“Chris puts himself across very well and will lead a young and hungry pack around the field.”
Former New Zealand Test prop Jason Cayless, who was released by St Helens last month, is joining West Tigers on a two-year contract.
The 29-year-old returned to Australia at the end of the season after an injury blighted career with the Saints.