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28 April 2023


It’s with a heavy heart that the club wishes to announce that we have parted company with immediate effect with our hooker Luke Waterworth.

Luke made his Swinton debut in a Championship match at Workington Town on 26 June 2016, a game which ended in a draw. He was on loan from hometown club Wigan Warriors at that time, and went on to make 12 appearances during that season. His first try for the Lions was scored at Whitehaven in the last game of that campaign.

Season 2017 turned out to be a traumatic one for the club, but it also brought about Luke’s famous winning try at Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup! Over the following three campaigns Luke became a mainstay of the team, a period in which he missed only a handful of matches. Then of course came Covid and our subsequent relegation to League 1 in 2021. However, Luke remained loyal to the Lions and enjoyed our promotion celebrations at the end of last season, but all good things must come to an end and sadly Luke would make his final appearance for the Lions in the narrow loss at London Broncos at the end of March this year.

In total Luke made a remarkable 133 appearances for the Lions, scoring 16 tries.

Luke said, “I just want to say thank you to all the fans, my sponsors, the Board and all the players I’ve played with and all the coaches I’ve played under during the last 8 seasons. I have loved my time at Swinton Lions and it’s my home, but I’ve had to decide to step away from the sport. I wish the team all the best for the rest of the season, and I will definitely be down at Heywood Road supporting the lads! I have made memories that I will never forget, especially that Huddersfield game in the cup! Thanks again to everyone at the club!”

On behalf of the club, Head Coach Allan Coleman added, “I want to thank Luke personally as he’s been a superb servant to the club. He’s been a fantastic player and good friend and will be sadly missed, but we support him in his decision. Unfortunately, Luke has lost a bit of love for the game so it’s important we understand that and remain fully behind him. He’ll always be welcome at our place and should he ever want to put a jersey on again then hopefully it will be with Swinton Lions. From myself, the staff and the players, we all wish Luke all the very best for the future, and success in whichever direction he chooses to take.”


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