Wigan Warriors centre makes exit on short-term deal

Swinton Lions have confirmed the loan signing of Wigan Warriors centre, Alex Sutton.

The 6-foot tall, 19-year-old, made his Super League debut last May, and has earned a full-time contract at the DW Stadium.

He now comes to the Lions on an initial short-term arrangement after a successful loan spell earlier in 2022 at Championship outfit Newcastle Thunder.

Sutton was born at Warrington but emerged through the Halton Farnworth and Blackbrook community clubs. He is highly rated by Wigan and has a fantastic try-scoring track record.

Lions’ Head Coach, Allan Coleman said, “It’s great to have Alex on board. In Wigan Warriors he comes from a top club with great standards.

“Alex has played Championship rugby league this season and can cover multiple positions in the backs, so I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Lions’ shirt.

“I’d like to thank Darrell Goulding at Wigan Warriors for helping to facilitate this arrangement.”

Meanwhile, Warrington Wolves announced the signing of Wigan forward Matty Nicholson yesterday.

The teenager has played twice in 2022 so far for Matt Peet’s side, but has been snapped up by Daryl Powell as he continues his major recruitment drive.

The 18-year-old England Knights international is one of the country’s most exciting young forwards and can play either loose-forward or back-row. The Halifax-born forward was highly-sought after amongst Super League and NRL clubs.

Peet, however, does not understand the decision to join Powell’s side.

“I’m really disappointed – he’s a good player with massive potential and I’m left scratching my head at his decision,” Peet told Wigan Today.

“If there’s one thing we prove we do here it’s give young players a chance. He didn’t see it playing out that way, he thinks it’s a simpler path to play there at Warrington.

“When it came to talk about his contract, he did mention it (his first-team minutes), but I reminded him that he’s 18 and his goal at the start of pre-season was to make his debut, which he’s done.

“Ourselves, St Helens and Leeds stand apart in giving young players a chance and there was that chance with Matthew.”

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