Swinton Lions bring in Hull KR and Widnes duo on loan

Photo courtesy of Swinton Lions and Pete Green

Swinton Lions have announced the loan signings of Max Kirkbright and Brad Holroyd for the remainder of the League 1 campaign.

Kirkbright, 19, makes the move from Hull KR. The outside-back joined the Super League side from Castleford Lock Lane. He captained Rovers’ academy before linking up with the reserves. Kirkbright is in his first season with club’s first team.

Warrington-born Holroyd joined the Vikings ahead of the 2022 season. He was a part of Workington’s promotion-winning side from League 1 in 2021. He has also gained experience within the St Helens academy and at Leigh Centurions. 

The pair will be part of Swinton’s promotion push, having been relegated to League 1 at the end of the 2021 campaign.

They currently sit third in the league table, eight points behind unbeaten leaders Keighley Cougars. The Lions have claimed 11 wins from 14 so far this season.

Swinton Lions coach brings in duo

Head coach Allan Coleman said: “Max is a really promising wing or centre at Hull KR, where he’s in a full-time environment.

“He is a very talented young player, and when I spoke to him, he couldn’t wait to come on board at Swinton and push for a jersey.

“He adds to the good competition we now have in our backline, and at the right time of the season.”

“I’d like to thank John Kear for his support which has enabled us to take Brad on loan.

“Brad is a player that I have coached at England level, and he was nominated last year whilst at Workington for the young player of the year award.

“He therefore knows this league well which is a huge plus. Brad can play full-back or wing and those are areas where we needed cover and competition. I am very pleased to have him on board, as he’s a very talented player.”

The club have also announced the departure of prop forward Jose Kenga by mutual consent. 

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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