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22 October 2018

The club is delighted to confirm that hooker Luke Waterworth is the next player to commit to the Lions squad in 2019.

Luke Waterworth has put pen to paper and extended his stay with the Swinton Lions ahead of the 2019 Championship campaign.

The skilful hooker joined the Lions on loan during the 2016 season from partners Wigan Warriors, and soon signed a permanent contract with the club.

Waterworth crossed for a brace of tries in Swinton’s crucial fixture against Workington to secure the Club’s spot in the 2019 Championship campaign, two years on from making his debut against the Cumbrian side.

The starting number nine has signed a contract which will see him under Head Coach Stuart Littler in 2019, in a competitive Championship season which sees York City Knights and Bradford Bulls promoted to the division, whilst relegated Super League side Widnes Vikings will also feature.

“I am made up to sign up again for the 2019 season with Swinton,” said the 22-year-old.

“I really believe we can create something special under Stu and Andy I can’t wait to get started again now.”


Luke has developed into a key player for the Lions and has already written his name into Swinton folklore, scoring the winning try in a fifth-round Challenge Cup upset against Huddersfield Giants in 2017, which won him the Try of the Season and Champagne Moment at the Player’s Presentation Evening that year.

The Lions’ Head Coach expressed his delight at securing Luke’s signature: “Outstanding news being able to announce yet another quality signing.

“Luke Waterworth again maps into our criteria of building a culture as he sets standards and is a quality person from a quality family.

“Luke’s performances this season have been very consistent and again he is a player who will only get better. Next year will be a massive one for Luke where I believe he will really kick on to the next level.”


Chairman Andy Mazey identifies Luke as a key component for the team in 2019: “Another player who had lots of interest from other clubs in the Championship and as such we had to move very quickly to retain him.

“He’s a player who fully buys into what Stuart stands for as a coach and what myself and the board are striving for in 2019 and beyond in terms of improving our standards and the culture within.

“Luke is a progressive hard working professional with his best years still ahead of him and is developing nicely under Stuart and we know this will continue in 2019. Another key piece of the jigsaw in place.”

You can see Luke and the rest of the Lions with the new season ticket details now announced for 2019.

Confirmed 2019 Squad

Mike Butt
Ryan Gray
Jack Hansen
Rhodri Lloyd
Luke Waterworth


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