Swinton respond to special measures reports

Following recent speculation that the club are set to be placed in special measures, Swinton Lions have issued an official statement on the subject.

The immediate stability of the club called into questions when all but one of the board of directors elected to resign following a negative backlash from the club’s proposal to change the name to Manchester Lions ahead of the 2020 season.

However, the club have confirmed that are currently working with the RFL to satisfy some queries raised by the governing body ahead of next year and will not be restricted on signing or retaining players.

The statement follows comments from the club’s director Stephen Wild earlier today that although contact has been made from the RFL, there is no cause for concern.

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The statement reads:

Following the press report that Swinton Lions has been placed in Special Measures, the club wishes to issue the following statement.

Last night the club received an email from the RFL asking us to provide information regarding our management structure moving forward. Bearing in mind seven directors have just resigned this is a perfectly reasonable question from the governing body. This issue is in the process of being satisfactorily dealt with.

We have also been asked to provide a sustainable 2020 budget, a standard procedure, which we will also be in a position to comply with by early next week. The Club wishes to state categorically that the RFL has levied no sanction against the club; we are NOT suspended from signing players; and all existing contracts will be honoured 100%.

A meeting is planned with the RFL for early next week and further information will follow.