Swinton bag Paul Wood and Leigh East back Gray

Swinton Lions have signed utility back Ryan Gray from Leigh East and experienced prop forward Paul Wood.

Wood recently came out of retirement for Whitehaven but didn’t play a game after the takeover of the club failed to occur.

He has now moved up a division to help Swinton in their battle against relegation.

Talking about his move, Wood said: “After the Whitehaven deal fell through due to the take over not happening I felt gutted, I’d prepared myself to play and be part of a team again,”

“Since it became public knowledge the deal wasn’t happening I was contacted by a few clubs to see if I would be interested to help them out at the back end of the season.

“I spoke to Stuart Littler at the Legends game between Yorkshire and Lancashire which Stuart and I both played in and after the match he said if I was interested there may be a position open at Swinton Lions.”

“After a few conversations I decided to join the Lions.”

Lions chairman Andy Mazey has great ties with the amateur Leigh club and after a short spell training at Swinton, Gray has done enough to win himself a professional contract.

Discussing the signing of Gray, Mazey commented:“We are delighted to welcome Ryan to the Lions and this is further indication that whilst we have been working hard recently to strength the squad ready for a big push and finish to 2018, we are also looking further ahead and investing in young talent for the future,”

“Ryan is a tall and rangy fullback or winger and is a good athlete who has represented his county and country and is a player Stuart knows well having coached him at scholarship level and someone he is keen to work with and develop.”