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The following statement has been released from the Chairman and Board of Swinton Lions RLFC.
29 January 2019
Swinton Lions are proud to announce the continued dual-registration partnership with Wigan Warriors for the 2019 season.
Swinton Lions are pleased to announce that Super League Champions Wigan Warriors will continue their dual-registration partnership with the club for the 2019 Championship campaign.
The Lions can confirm that Adrian Lam’s side will again link with Swinton as dual-registration partners, which has helped seen young stars develop at Heywood Road before moving on to further opportunities in the game.
The relationship also saw talented utility back Chris Hankinson sign for the Cherry and White during the 2018 Super League season, making his debut against St Helens at the DW Stadium.
Wigan first-team players Tom Davies, Josh Ganson, Liam Marshall, Craig Mullen and Josh Woods are amongst a handful of players that have played in the Lions shirt, which has proved an important relationship for Swinton.
Last year also saw the rise of Wigan’s under 19s utility back Joe Brown, who scored eight tries in 12 appearances, whilst Craig Mullen also crossed twice for Stuart Littler’s side.
“We are absolutely delighted to continue our dual registration agreement with Wigan Warriors,” Chairman Andy Mazey said.
“It’s a well-established relationship built on trust and mutual respect which works well for both parties. The partnership gives Stuart Littler access to some quality full-time players to further strengthen our strong squad. It also creates opportunities for our players to impress, as Chris Hankinson proved last year, so this is very much a partnership in player development.
“I’d like to thank Kris Radlinski and everyone at Wigan for the continued support and we now look forward to the big kick off with another box ticked.”
On the renewed deal, Head Coach Littler added: “If you think about the game of rugby league, Wigan are a stand out club in this country. The development work that goes on, and the kids there is second to none and it can only be a positive for our club to link up with the Super League Champions.
“I’m thankful to Kris Radlinski, Ian Lenagan, Adrian Lam, Darrell Goulding, Mick Cassidy and everyone involved.
“I think over the last couple of years we’ve had some great players come down who carry good standards and have a good ethos from Wigan and they set the standards here. We get access to some quality players, last year for instance we had Josh Woods and before that Tom Davies and Liam Marshall. I think it benefits them guys as well because when they step into the first team, they’re getting use to playing top end Championship players, not just their own age.
“It’s all positive. We get access to some quality players that will add to our squad. We have 25 at the moment and it’s only a benefit for both teams and I’m excited.”
The Lions travel to Sheffield Eagles in the opening round of the Betfred Championship, before hosting Bradford Bulls in round two at Heywood Road.