Tommy Gallagher to play again for Swinton

James Gordon

Swinton assistant coach Tommy Gallagher has come out of retirement to sign a playing contract until the end of the season.

Gallagher, 34, retired back in 2015 after helping the Lions to promotion from League One and has recently been playing rugby union for Orrell.

He said: “I’m happy be back been training with lads and got the bug back. I think might have retired a bit early. I think still have something to offer the team and just like thank Stu and the club for giving me a chance. I’m looking forward getting back out there.”

Gallagher re-joined the Lions last year as Stuart Littler’s assistant.

During his playing career he turned out for Leeds, Keighley, London Broncos, Widnes, Toulouse, Hull KR, Batley, Rochdale, Leigh and Dewsbury.

Coach Littler said: “Some great news for the club with the re-registration of Tommy Gallagher. Tommy has been training for a number of weeks and is looking in good shape.

“He brings a heap of experience which is hard to find at the moment. Tommy talks well and can direct things around on the field. When Tommy made the suggestion re playing again we moved quickly to secure his playing services. I am looking forward to the impact this has within our playing group.”

Gallagher goes straight in to contention for winless Swinton’s Championship game at Toronto this weekend, the Wolfpack’s first game at home in 2018.