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01 August 2019
The club can confirm that Head Coach Stuart Littler has signed a contract extension until 2021.
Swinton Lions are delighted to announce that Head Coach Stuart Littler has signed a two-year contract extension with the club until 2021.
The former centre who made over 450 appearances as a player, including 25 in a Lions’ shirt, has led Swinton on an impressive run in recent months, earning four wins from the last six games in the Betfred Championship.
Littler took charge of the Lions in his first coaching role in 2017, following the departure of John Duffy to Featherstone Rovers and won his first game away at Bradford Bulls, Swinton’s first victory at Odsal Stadium for 60 years.
Also the Senior Head Coach of the Ireland Wolfhounds, Littler will take charge of his 65th game this Sunday when the Lions face Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village.
Stuart Littler has worked closely with Lions’ Chairman Andy Mazey in recent weeks to secure the long-term futures of the likes of Matty Ashton, Mike Butt and Luke Waterworth and pays tribute to Mazey.
“I’m delighted to have agreed a new two-year deal with Andy and the board. Since Andy has come in at Swinton, our relationship has developed and he is a person that I trust and believe in,” Littler said.
“Our club has made some serious progress both on and off the pitch this season and I am truly excited for the future. On the pitch we now have an exciting young team and we are in the best place we have been since I arrived at the club.
“We still have five games to go this year and with the league being so tight it is essential we apply ourselves in the right way in all of them.”
Swinton Lions Chairman Andy Mazey arrived soon after Stuart Littler took the Head Coach role and was delighted to tie down the Irishman’s services at Heywood Road.
“It is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club,” Mazey said.
“We have been having a chat for a few months about tying Stuart down for a further length of time so it’s good to finally be in a position to do so”
Mazey continued: “We’ve been getting player deals sorted in good faith and Stuart was keen to ensure his boys where being sorted before worrying about his own position which shows not only the mark of the man but also the level of mutual trust that exists. We agreed to sit down once we had secured Championship status for 2020 and we quickly got a deal sorted.
“The Chairman and Head Coach relationship is a vital one in any club and I believe that Stuart and his staff can continue to make further strides in the coming years with this exciting young team as we head into a new chapter for the Lions.”
Watch Stuart Littler’s Lions face Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village this Sunday in the Championship. Kick-off 3pm.