Date: 24th July 2016 at 6:21pm
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York City chairman Jason McGill is amongst three parties interested in taking over troubled rugby league outfit York City Knights.

His Malton-based company, JM Packaging, have confirmed they are keen to have detailed talks with the Rugby Football League with a view to stepping in and offering the beleaguered Knights a rescue passage.

Meanwhile, at least two other unnamed businessmen – one a former rugby league professional – have similarly expressed interest, say reports.

“The passionate and heartfelt responses from players, coach and fans of York City Knights following the abrupt closure of the club have fiercely reinforced a conviction held by Jason McGill, owner of JMP and chairman of York City FC, that there are considerable advantages to be gained from a future unified ‘Club York’ approach to sport within the city,” read a JMP statement released to The Press.

“In this respect it is believed there are valuable synergies between the sporting clubs that are capable of delivering distinct benefits for all – rugby league, YCFC, supporters and community initiatives thereby enabling players to attain the highest possible standards of excellence as they strive to achieve future on-field success.

“Accordingly there is an intention to liaise with the RFL during the coming week to hopefully resolve current difficulties and provide a pathway for sport in York.”

Knights chairman John Guildford had previously confirmed his intention to shut down the rugby club while blaming the long-delayed community stadium project and recent ground-share with York City FC as making their existence unsustainable.