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15 March 2019

The club can confirm that loose forward Chris Worrall has joined League 1 side North Wales Crusaders on a season-long loan.

Swinton Lions can confirm North Wales Crusaders have signed loose forward Chris Worrall on a season-long loan.

Worrall came through the academy systems at Salford Red Devils and St Helens, before moving to Gloucestershire All Golds, where he played under Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray in 2017.

He then made the switch to his hometown club ahead of 2018, penning a new deal for the current season where he is yet to make an appearance. 

Worrall, who can play either in the second row or at loose forward, has now joined Crusaders on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Swinton Lions Chairman Andy Mazey spoke on the deal: “Chris is a great professional and a fantastic bloke but has found his opportunities limited this season and will only benefit from playing more rugby.

“With the unfortunate situation in terms of central distribution cuts and further reduced funding as a result of the new ROI model we sadly had to shelve our plans for a reserve level this year.

“We believe that it’s in the players best interest to have him playing meaningful rugby league every week. We enjoy a good working relationship with North Wales and their head coach Muzza. We’ll be following his progress closely and we wish him all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Crusaders coach Anthony Murray said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to add some more quality to our squad.

“Chris comes with good experience as he’s played at Championship level and was part of the squad that had to fight hard for their place in the division last season.

“He’s used to working hard and will come to us with the right ethics.

“He can play big minutes in the forwards, which is always a bonus, and I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring with him.”


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