York City Knights sold by Jon Flatman to a new president

By on January 16, 2022 0

A SHOCK sale of the York City Knights has been made by Jon Flatman to Australian businessman Clint Goodchild.

Negotiations between Flatman and Goodchild have been going on for about 18 months, with conversations between the two beginning before the coronavirus outbreak.

Pandemic-related travel restrictions caused several delays to the deal, which was eventually finalized by both parties in recent weeks.

The news will come as a huge surprise to many Knights fans given the success brought to the club since Flatman’s arrival in late 2016.

On the brink of closure, Flatman and head coach James Ford led York to the League One title in 2018 before securing a third-place finish in the Championship the following season.

Last year, the Knights made their long-awaited move to the LNER Community Stadium and also played Wembley Stadium for the first time in 90 years in the 1895 Cup Final.

Flatman said, “As president, I have done everything I can to drive change and improve the organization.

“However, I am proud to now pass the guardianship and ownership of the organization to Clint Goodchild.

“Clint has undertaken extensive due diligence and has a growth plan for the club, a passion for the sport and a total commitment to inclusive ethics which has grown the club significantly over the past five years.

“Clint brings a wealth of sporting and rugby league knowledge to the club, as well as a drive to succeed and take the organization to the next level.

“His encyclopedic knowledge of the game and his experience in sports entertainment will help the club and the sport in the years to come.”

Goodchild grew up in West Queensland and is a lifelong fan of the Penrith Panthers and rugby league.

The 40-year-old, who moved to York before Christmas, has a background in business turnaround and has worked in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events, marketing and sports management.

Goodchild said: “I am delighted to be at the heart of the game and look forward to continuing the growing bond between the club and its community.”