A Championship chairman has shared an insight into the factors behind the club’s decision to sell one of their star players to Warrington.
Swinton owner Andy Mazey has confirmed that the club is in advanced talks regarding the sale of Matty Ashton to the Wolves.
Utility back Ashton has been a star performer for the Lions since making the step up to the Championship from Rochdale Mayfield.
He also played in Australia for Mullumbimby Giants.
Posting on social media, Mazey said: “We don’t normally comment on speculation or press stories but as Matty’s brother has pretty much confirmed the news I thought I would give our fans an update.
“I’d imagine within 24 hours a statement will be made as all the paperwork and deal is being concluded today.
“We where aware of a few Super League clubs tracking Matty notably Leeds and Wigan but following Matty’s performance at Leigh last weekend things really gathered pace last week.
“I took time out from my holidays to deal with the situation last Friday after a long day of negotiations I reached an agreement with Karl Fitzpatrick and Simon Moran giving permission for them to speak to Matty via his agent.
“It’s important to note that Warrington met our valuation of the player and I turned down a few offers which fell short.
“We will receive a sizeable transfer fee and also have locked in a lucrative pre-season friendly with Warrington plus some other add on’s.
“Also, the Warrington deal means we do not lose him straight away and he will play out the season with us.
“The deal done, once concluded, will allow Stuart funds to strengthen other areas of the team and, while I can’t name names, we have already secured a replacement another very hot prospect and current Championship winger from a rival club to replace Matty who will likely be player of the year at his current club.
“So, as you can see, the planning is in place to move the team as a whole on a Step next year despite losing an exciting young talent.
“We can’t stand in the player’s way and it’s a dream move for the kid.
“Once we knew he wanted the move my job was to secure the best possible deal and terms for the club and I believe we have done that.
“I’m sure we will be enormously proud when Matty goes on to do what we all know he can at a higher level.
“The beauty of the way this club is now run is that we did not need to sell and are now able to find the balance between not standing in a players way but at the same time not being pushed around and rolled over.
“The reality was before we secured Matty on a new deal he was walking away for nothing at the season-end so, all in all, it’s a great result for the player and the club, and Warrington get a real hot prospect that was in reality destined for Super League.”