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28 July 2020

Swinton Lions are delighted to announce that young winger Jacob Smillie has joined the club for the 2021 season.

The club is delighted to announce our latest signing is exciting winger Jacob Smillie, who joins from Bradford Bulls.

Prior to the Bulls he was emerging through the “A” team at Halifax, with whom he gained a reputation for scoring spectacular long-range tries with his blistering pace.

The 21 year-old qualifies for Jamaica and will be looking to cement his place in the Reggae Warriors’ squad for next year’s World Cup. Jacob is another young player with great potential who fits our recruitment profile, and could potentially go on to be a real star in the sport.


Swinton Head Coach Stuart Littler was really pleased with the Lions’ latest capture. He said, “This is another exciting signing with Jacob agreeing to join us for 2021. Jacob fits the mould we look for in that he is young and hungry to improve, whilst at the same time aiming to play at the highest level he can. After meeting Jacob and his family, I came away feeling confident that he will fit in with our club’s culture and standards.”

“Jacob is full of drive and ambition and is keen to get started with us. He was selected in Jamaica’s train-on squad last year, and told me that he greatly enjoyed the experience and has firm aspirations to get into their final World Cup squad. 

“We intend to provide a platform and learning environment that enables Jacob to develop throughout his time with us at Swinton. Anyone who watches Jacob’s highlights reel will immediately see that he has some electrifying speed. It is up to us as a coaching team to nurture that raw pace whilst developing the whole player and his all-round game.

“With the style of rugby that we play, I would like to think we will create some opportunities for Jacob to demonstrate his finishing skills whilst building his profile with us. Welcome aboard Jacob!”

Jacob Smillie added that he can’t wait to get started at the Lions. He said, “I give God thanks for this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to this new journey and excited to be playing for a great club like Swinton Lions.

“Having spoken to Stuart, and understanding the vision and the direction that he has for the team, and the club have for moving forward, confirmed my desire to join this famous club.”


Signed, Sealed and Delivered – Jacob makes the move official with Stuart Littler


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