Reece Hamlett swaps Swinton for Mayfield

Steven Hughes

Warrington's Ben Currie and Swinton's Rhodri Lloyd in action during the Betfred Challenge Cup match at Heywood Road, Sale

Swinton have announced winger Reece Hamlett has had his contract terminated by mutual consent to concentrate on employment away from rugby league.

Hamlett was the Lions’ first signing of the 2022 season, having completed the 2021 season at Heywood Road. He initially signed for the club on loan from Bradford.

He scored two tries in his five appearances on loan at Swinton, before earning a permanent deal. Hamlett also came through the youth system at Wigan, and the reserves at Warrington.

Hamlett has since been playing for Rochdale Mayfield. He appeared in Mayfield’s Challenge Cup win over Wigan St Patricks on Saturday.

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Door open for Hamlett to return

In a statement, the club said: “Reece Hamlett, by mutual consent with the club, was released from his 2022 playing contract last week to concentrate on employment opportunities outside the sport. Alongside his employment, Reece has returned to community rugby league with Rochdale Mayfield.

“The Lions wish Reece well for the future and should Reece wish to return to the professional game in the future, the door will always be open for him at Swinton Lions.”

Challenge Cup Round Two schedule

Meanwhile, Hamlett’s Rochdale Mayfield’s opponents in round two of the Challenge Cup will be a trip to West Hull.

The 2021 NCL Shield winners booked their place in round two after a 46-6 win over Pennine League side Upton in the first round.

Elsewhere in the draw, there are three all League One clashes. Hamlett’s former club Swinton travel to West Wales, while Rochdale welcome Midlands Hurricanes and Hunslet welcome Keighley.

The other four League One clubs have been drawn against amateur opposition. Doncaster welcome Thornhill, Oldham face Lock Lane, North Wales travel to Leigh Miners and London Skolars face fellow London side the Chargers.

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