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Former Leeds Rhinos playmaker sent out on loan by Salford Red Devils

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Swinton Lions have made a flurry of loan signings from Super League as they look to push up the Championship table. The first of those is Kai Morgan from Salford Red Devils.

Young halfback Morgan joined Salford from Leeds Rhinos ahead of this season and made his Betfred Super League debut in the impressive Round 3 victory over Hull KR.

Ben Hartill and Dan Okoro have also joined the Lions, both arriving on loan from Warrington Wolves.

All three will hope to help Swinton improve this season, with a tough Championship campaign to date seeing them sit second bottom of the league table.

Despite this, they are only four points off the top six in one of the tightest Championship seasons in history. A string of wins could see any of the teams in the bottom half of the league jump up the table.

Salford Red Devils ‘talent’ boosts Swinton Lions

Kai Morgan celebrates after helping Salford beat Hull KR earlier in the season. Credit: Imago Images

Speaking on the signing of Morgan, Swinton boss Alan Kilshaw was delighted to land a player he described as a ‘talent’, having come through the Leeds Rhinos academy system, prior to signing for Salford.

“He is a really talented half-back and with a great football IQ. He was an England academy international and came up through the ranks at Leeds Rhinos,” said Kilshaw.

“More recently he has been working with some quality coaches at Salford Reds and now needs to play games and get some regular tough competition into him.

“We are therefore delighted to have him at Swinton, particularly as we have been looking to add a half since Dec Patton’s departure. After this weekend, we feel Kai’s running game can then complement Jordan Gibson.

“This will give us more depth across the halves, particular with Jack Stevens and Joe Purcell having had some useful game time recently, and so after a few weeks of having to move players around we should hopefully be able to re-settle our spine and get some consistency back into our selections.”

Morgan could make his Swinton debut this Sunday when the Lions host fifth-placed Widnes Vikings. Victory would almost certainly move them out of the relegation zone with the four teams above them locked on 10 points, just two more than Swinton.

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