Ian Watson agrees Swinton stay

Ian Watson has agreed to return to Swinton for another season as assistant player coach.

The veteran scrum-half is back for his fourth year in his second spell with the Lions.

Watson, 36 on Friday, is in the middle of his testimonial year.

He said: “I love playing for this club and although I have not actually signed the contract yet I have agreed to come back for another season in the same role as a player and assistant coach.”

Watson, head coach Steve McCormack and assistant Marlon Billy have been working alongside coaches from Warrington following Swinton’s link-up with the Super League giants.

“It’s an exciting new era for Swinton and I’m delighted to be involved,” he added.

Watson’s testimonial match will be against North Wales Crusaders at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday December 29.

Watson holds a record 31 caps for Wales and felt it was appropriate to play the game against Welsh opponents.

He said: “Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths was my first coach for Wales and I’ve always kept in touch with him.

“I thought it would be a nice touch to play against his side.”

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