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20 October 2017



As we continue to shape a highly competitive Swinton Lions squad ahead of the 2018 season, it comes as a great thrill to announce the signing of centre George Tyson from Oldham. George’s all-action blockbusting style has made him a thorn in the side of the Lions for the past three seasons, so no doubt our fans will be delighted to now have him in the blue corner!

George, who was 24 on 1st October, made his senior RL debut whilst playing for Salford in April 2014. A move to Oldham gave him the opportunity to play regular first team rugby, and in 2015 he was part of the Whitebank team’s march to the League 1 title. In 2016 he took the opportunity to join ambitious Sheffield Eagles, but he returned to Oldham at the start of the 2017 season. Last year George was the stand-out Oldham player during the three league encounters with the Lions, and probably the player identified by Swinton fans as the main opposition threat.

Lions’ Head Coach Stuart Littler said of our new capture, “I am absolutely delighted with the signing of George Tyson. He is an athlete who is both powerful and dynamic. George will add some serious strike threat to our edges and I am looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months. In past encounters with both Oldham and Sheffield, George has been a constant threat to our team and so I am now grateful he has decided to join us! George is another piece in the Swinton jigsaw which is now coming together nicely.”

Andy Mazey, the Swinton Chairman, added, “This is a signing that I know will please our supporters. George is a player who is always difficult to handle and someone you are never glad to see on an opposition team sheet. Stuart identified George as a top target and someone who he really believes in, and also a player he feels will only get better. I’m delighted that he has chosen Swinton to continue his development alongside Stuart and our coaching team. It must also be noted that George turned down other opportunities in the Championship to become a Lion, and he is really keen to be part of our exciting journey.”

When meeting up with Stuart and Andy for a chat, George himself said, “I am really looking forward to starting the new season as a Lion, and I can’t wait to meet a new group of lads who I’m sure will become friends for life. I’m also looking forward to learning new things off Stuart because he was a class centre and someone I admire. It will also make a change I hope to hear the Swinton fans getting behind me, because in the past let’s just say we’ve enjoyed a bit of banter!”


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