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24 October 2017

We are delighted to announce the signing of Kyle Shelford from Wigan Warriors. Kyle is 21 years old and usually operates in the loose-forward role although he can also play at hooker. He is the son of former New Zealand and Wigan great Adrian Shelford, so clearly Kyle has a good pedigree!

Kyle’s early development took place at Shevington Sharks ARLFC, from where he joined the Wigan Academy system and became captain. He also skippered the England Academy team, before making his Super League debut in July 2016 against Wakefield Trinity.

Although Kyle spent much of last season on loan at Workington Town, he has actually already played once in a Lions’ shirt. This occurred in June 2016 when he appeared on dual-registration in the home match against London Broncos.

Kyle is a highly promising and talented forward, and one that Chairman Andy Mazey was thrilled to welcome to the Lions. He said, “On behalf of the board I would like to welcome Kyle Shelford to the club. This is a real coup for Swinton Lions and one that should assure our supporters of our intentions to build a competitive Championship squad for 2018 and beyond. When Stuart became aware of Kyle’s availability we moved quickly to fend off intense competition for his signature. I would also like to thank Frank Endacott for his assistance in making a deal possible.”

Head Coach Stuart Littler said of his terrific new signing, “It is great new for the club to be able to secure the signature of Kyle Shelford. Kyle has played with us before on dual-registration and is a player that we have monitored ever since. He is a good professional who sets standards not only in training, but also with lifestyle choices. Kyle’s attitude will ensure that he goes far within the game, and his professionalism can only have a positive effect within our changing room.”


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