Swinton have dropped a strong hint that the club will change its next to Manchester next year.
Lions chairman Andy Mazey revealed back in June that the club were considering rebranding themselves to Manchester as they aim to attract bigger crowds and sponsors.
And on Wednesday, The Sun‘s Gary Carter exclusively reported that the Lions could change their name from “Swinton” to “Manchester” from as early as next year.
Swinton have released a statement in response to the article, it read: “It is important to stress that Swinton Lions RLFC Ltd will continue, and to that end we have fought off several attempts at a merger which would have signalled the end of the club as an historic entity.
“Swinton will remain prominently on the badge, and we will continue to play at Heywood Road.
“However, we must also seek to exploit the advantages that a trading name, instantly recognisable across the world, will give us.
“We see our history and heritage as non-negotiable, but we are at a crossroads in the sport and the club has to evolve to survive and thrive into the future.”