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08 April 2018

The club is delighted to confirm the signing of young half-back Brad Billsbrough.

The club is delighted to confirm that half-back Brad Billsborough joins the Lions with immediate effect. 

Following this week’s news that Brad Billsborough had left Whitehaven owing to travelling difficulties, the Lions have acted very quickly to bring him to Heywood Road. Already this season Brad has played a starring role for Whitehaven, and he comes to Swinton with a growing reputation.

19-year-old Brad is a product of the St Helens Academy, and was a member of the Saints team which went through an entire campaign undefeated in 2016. He is a German international, for whom he qualifies by virtue of his mother’s birthplace. He joined Whitehaven at the start of the 2018 campaign, but the travelling has proved problematic.

Brad will be presented to the Lions crowd at halftime during Sunday’s clash against Sheffield Eagles.

Upon agreeing to join the Lions Brad said, “I’m made up to be signing for Swinton, and really looking forward to the challenge. I can’t wait play in front of the Lions’ fans and get stuck in, and work with Stuart and the rest of the team.”

Head coach Stuart Littler said of his latest recruit, “I’m highly delighted to announce the permanent signing of promising half-back Brad Billsborough who will link up with our squad immediately. Once we discovered Brad had been released from Whitehaven due to travelling difficulties, we moved very quickly to secure a promising, young player to our growing squad. 

“Half-back is a position where we have been light on numbers lately due to earlier releases and injuries within our squad. Brad’s signature will therefore provide us with much needed competition in this area, especially since Rob Fairclough’s unfortunate injury. 

“Brad is a player with lots of potential who has been a stand out performer within the St Helens youth structure. Brad has continued his form and development into the senior game and is a player I cannot wait to start work with. From initial discussions it’s clear that Brad fully buys in to how we want to play the game and I am sure we will see a lot from him during the remainder of the season. He is hungry and knows what dedication and sacrifices are required to become a stand out professional athlete.”

On behalf of the Swinton Board chairman Andy Mazey added, “I’m delighted to officially welcome Brad into the Lions’ family. It’s no secret Stuart has been looking to strengthen his half-back options having lost Rob Fairclough and the release of Danny Ansell. So once we became aware of Brad’s availability we moved very quickly to secure his services.

“Brad has come through a great system at Saints and has taken to first grade and international rugby like a duck to water so we are delighted to offer him an opportunity at Championship level. Brad can’t wait to get started and I’m sure he will become a firm fans’ favourite here at Swinton as he was with Whitehaven.”


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