Swinton captain agrees new contract

Swinton Lions captain Rhodri Lloyd has signed a new deal that will see him remain at the club for the next two years.

The 26-year-old made his debut for the Lions in 2015, on loan from Wigan, before signing permanently the following season.

He has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Lions and was named captain ahead of the 2019 season.

“I am delighted to be signing a new two-year deal with the Lions,” said the Wales international. “The coaching staff, board and fans have all looked after me since I arrived at the club in 2015 and I’m really happy here.

“This will be my 7th season with the Lions, and Swinton has become a big part of mine and (partner) Beth’s lives. I’m looking forward to leading the Lions for the next two years and to continue to progress and improve as a player.”

Swinton head coach Stuart Littler added: “It’s massive news that we have re-signed our very influential club captain, Rhodri Lloyd. It was vitally important that we got Rhodri completed due to his tremendous commitment to our cause.

“He is another player who was not without admirers at other clubs, and therefore we are very happy to have kept hold of him on a two-year deal.

“Rhodri has now been here since 2015 and he has been through everything with us both good and bad. He buys into everything we are trying to create at the club and he will continue to be very influential in our future successes. He has really grown with his leadership skills within his role as club captain and is someone I really trust.”

Lloyd becomes the fourth player to commit his future to the club in the past week, joining fullback or halfback Jack Hansen, and back rowers Nick Gregson and Will Hope in penning new deals.