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“Dougie” ends on a high!

06 November 2022

It is with much regret that we have to reveal the imminent retirement of Lewis Charnock, who played such an influential part in our recent promotion to the Championship.

“Dougie” came to us from Oldham ahead of the 2022 season, and soon established himself as a key “middle”. Excellent in defence, fearless in attack and with good hands, he contributed 5 tries in 19 appearances in a Swinton shirt. Prior to his spell with Oldham he had also played with distinction at St Helens and Barrow.

Lewis had this message for Swinton supporters after he had reluctantly taken the tough decision to call an end to his career. “I would like to thank everyone at the Swinton club and all of the fans for welcoming me, and for making my last year of rugby so enjoyable. I’m so glad that my final season was with the Lions, and gaining promotion meant I could end on a special high. Hopefully I will be able to get down next season and join the fans in supporting the lads, and I wish them all the best in the Championship.”

Lions’ Head Coach, Allan Coleman, added, “I would like to thank Lewis for the last twelve months he’s spent at Swinton. He has been brilliant both on and off the field, and a real leader for us.  Lewis has had a fantastic career, and we are so glad that he spent part of that career with us. Lewis is one of the toughest players I have worked with and is a real team player. It makes it all the more special the way in which he left the game, by winning the promotion play-offs with us. He has recently become a father and I know it’s a special time in his life where he has to put that first, and so we wish Lewis and his family all the very best for the future.”


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