Swinton hope for change of fortune

Swinton are hoping for a change of fortunes after a difficult week in which player/coach Paul Smith resigned from his role.

The Lions lost 16-0 at Doncaster on Sunday and Smith’s resignation followed on Tuesday.

A short club statement said: “Paul has contributed greatly to the ‘new order’ this season but, sadly, has not been rewarded with the anticipated results.

“The club will actively search for a replacement to be appointed as soon as possible.

“In the meantime Paul Kidd (manager) and Ian Watson (assistant coach) will handle coaching and team affairs.

“The club wish Paul well in whatever he chooses to do in the future and thank him for his best efforts.”

Battling Skolars are without Matt Carter (shoulder) and Josh Walsh (broken thumb) while nine other players will be checked by the club’s medical staff.

Coach James Massara said: “We were very disappointed last week against South Wales.

“There’s been a bit of soul searching and a bit of straight talking this week. We’re moving on and we’re getting very excited about this challenge against Swinton.

“I’m very aware there could be a backlash from Swinton and they’ll be targeting us as a potential game to kick-start their year. I’m very aware of their strengths and how they play. It doesn’t get any easier for us.”

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