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Swinton add Kiwi utility back

Swinton Lions have confirmed the signing of New Zealander Geronimo Doyle ahead of the 2021 season.

A goal-kicking utility back, Doyle joins the Lions from Otahuhu Leopards in the Fox Memorial Premiership – Auckland’s senior competition.

The 24-year-old has also played also has experience at representative level in New Zealand, including appearances for the New Zealand Maori residents’ side.

“I’m really excited to be joining Swinton Lions for the 2021 season,” said Doyle. “I’ve heard a lot about the club’s strong tradition and history in the sport. I’ve also heard about the team’s loyal supporters, and I can’t wait to meet the entire Lions family.

“The Lions have remained busy throughout Covid and have been building towards the new season, and I hope my addition to the squad will assist in taking the team forward.”

Swinton head coach Stuart Littler added, “We are delighted to have been able to secure Geronimo’s signature after competing with other Championship clubs to get this deal done. Geronimo trained with us as a guest pre-Covid and he looked very accomplished within our set-up.

“He is certainly an exciting talent and he is someone who I feel can add real value to our squad and substantially increase competition for places. Geronimo can cover a whole host of positions in the backs and he tells me he is really excited by the potential and future we can offer.

“I’m sure you will all welcome Geronimo, as he definitely has all the attributes to become a firm crowd favourite.”

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