Swinton to relish ‘promotion favourites’ tag, says coach

Photo courtesy of Swinton Lions and Pete Green

League 1 favourites Swinton are ready for the pressure in 2022 as the club look for an instant promotion back to the Championship.

The Lions finished the 2021 campaign at the bottom of the Championship table. That relegated them to League 1 for the 2022 campaign.

They are joint-favourites to win the league alongside Keighley. And head coach Allan Coleman says his side are ready to deal with the pressure that comes along with the tag.

“I know exactly what the club want and as a club we need to achieve it,” said Coleman.

“With pressure, it gives you that confidence that people think that you are good, if that makes sense. 

“It shows the quality within our camp. 

“I’d much rather have that than someone say you haven’t got much of a chance.

“People have identified we have the quality and it’s down to me and the staff to work with that quality. It’s definitely a good challenge.”

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Swinton to open pre-season schedule against Salford

Coleman’s side begin their pre-season campaign this weekend with a short trip to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Salford.

The Red Devils are expected to give new signings Brodie Croft, Sita Akauola, King Vuniyayawa and Shane Wright their first appearances for the club. 

Marc Sneyd has also been named in Salford’s 19-man squad, and Coleman says his side are looking forward to the challenge.

“We’ve spoke as a group and we can’t wait,” he said. 

“We’re all really excited for it. When you play in these occasions, you get a bit nervous.

“If you look at the FA Cup, I said to my guys, look how much excitement are on the supporters’ faces from lower league clubs going to these sort of clubs. 

“We’re going to enjoy it. It’s our first hit-out as a new group and we want to put in a good performance.”

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  1. After last year’s disastrous, Covid ridden and unbelievably cruel injury list, 2022 will (hopefully) avoid both, so we can show what we are capable of, with a fit (and full!) squad.

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