ASHTON SHINES AS LIONS FALL SHORT TO BULLDOGS
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Swinton Lions fall short in the Easter Monday clash against Batley Bulldogs 32-18, despite a second-half hat-trick from talented youngster Matty Ashton.
08 February 2019
Wigan and England Academy star Harry Smith has joined the Swinton Lions effective immediately on a one-month loan.
Swinton Lions are delighted to announce the signing of promising youngster Harry Smith on an initial one-month loan.
The Wigan Academy star joins Swinton with immediate effect, and will be in contention to make his debut against Bradford Bulls in round two of the 2019 Championship season at Heywood Road.
The Halton Farnworth Hornets amateur signed for Wigan in 2014, and has represented England Youth, England Academy and was a part of the 2018 Academy Grand Final winning side.
On the exceptional deal, Head Coach Stuart Littler said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured the loan signing of the highly rated Wigan and England youth product, Harry Smith.
“Harry is a player of exceptional talent who has just starred for England Academy in their recent test series victory against Australia.
“After watching the games closely and some of the Wigan academy Championship play-off games last year, we know exactly what Harry can bring. Harry is at the start of what is expected to be a successful, professional career and we aim to assist with his development whilst with us a Swinton Lions.
“We would like to thanks everyone t our partner club Wigan for making this happen. Special thanks to Darrell Goulding, who I have worked closely with on this one.
“Harry will come straight into contention for this weekend’s game and we are excited to see how he embraces the challenges ahead. I am sure our loyal fans will give Harry a very warm welcome and he will become a firm favourite throughout his time with us.”
Swinton Lions Chairman, Andy Mazey added:“Harry coming into the club will not only put pressure on the half backs already here, but also adds quality to what is a crucial area of any good side.
“Whilst we are all realistic about where we are as a club right now and the majority of people with level heads understand just how hard the Championship is, in particular being the lowest centrally funded part time team in the competition, some of the performances at Sheffield were simply not acceptable and we won’t be frightened to make changes.
“I went with Stuart and Alan to watch Harry recently while playing for England against the Aussie’s at Leigh Sports Village having heard big things about him and we could not have been more impressed.
“Speaking with Kris Radlinski and Mick Cassidy at Wigan, it’s clear that this boy is a huge talent who they recently tied down to a new long-term contract and has a bright future ahead.
“Stuart has worked hard and was keen to get him into the club. I’m sure he will add to the mix as we strive for a winning culture and competitive side at this level.”
See Harry and the Lions in action this Sunday, Heywood Road, as we host Bradford Bulls in round two of the 2019 Championship campaign.