Swinton Lions have signed hot prospect Kyle Shelford from Wigan Warriors for the 2018 season.
The 21-yer-old’s preferred position is at loose forward but he can also play at hooker.
Shelford, who is the son of former New Zealand and Wigan star Adrian Shelford, made his Super League debut in a win against Wakefield Trinity back in July 2016.
The highly-rated youngster played his amateur rugby at Shevington Sharks before joining Wigan’s famous Academy, where he went on to become captain as well as skippering the England Academy side at the same time.
He found chances limited though at the Warriors in 2017 and spent most of the season on loan at League 1 side Workington Town where he put in some impressive performances.
Shelford has actually played for the Lions once before on dual-registration from the Warriors.
And Swinton head coach Stuart Littler is delighted to welcome such a professional player to Heywood Road for next season.
He said: It is great news for the club to be able to secure the signature of Kyle Shelford.
“Kyle has played with us before on dual-registration and is a player that we have monitored every since.
“He is a good professional who sets standards not only in training, but also with lifestyle choices.
“Kyle’s attitude will ensure that he goes far within the game, and his professionalism can only have a positive effect within our changing room.”
It was understood that Shelford was attracting interest from a number of Super League and Championship clubs.
And Lions chairman Andy Mazey is delighted that he decided to sign with the club.
He said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome Kyle Shelford to the club.
“This is a real coup for Swinton Lions and one that should assure our supporters of our intentions to build a competitive Championship squad for 2018 and beyond.
“When Stuart became aware of Kyle’s availability, we moved quickly to fend off intense competition for his signature.”