Harrison set for Swinton duty
England forward Ben Harrison is set to become the next high-profile Warrington Wolves player to turn out for Swinton this weekend and coach Tony Smith has not ruled out skipper Adrian Morley following suit a week later.
Lee Briers and Paul Wood have played for the Wolves' partnership club already this year under the dual-registration system and Harrison, who has been out for a fortnight with an abdominal muscle strain, is poised to run out for the Lions in Sunday's Championship match at Batley.
Morley is back in full training after being sidelined for three months with a torn bicep but will not be risked in Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Salford City Reds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The veteran prop, who turns 36 on Friday, is set to make his comeback a week later, either in the Super League game against Hull FC or with Swinton in the Northern Rail Cup.
"Mozza is not quite right for this week," Smith said. "I would expect him to be available for the next weekend.
"We'll have a look at who's available for us that week. If we have injuries to our props, he'll walk back in.
"We'll give Harrison a late fitness test but he's a fair chance of playing for Swinton this week.
"The only people I'll rule out playing for Swinton are the overseas players because they're not allowed. If they were allowed to play and they were coming back from injury, they'd also be available."
Briers played the full 80 minutes in Swinton's win over Whitehaven last Thursday and will be in Smith's 19-man squad for the cup tie against the City Reds along with brothers Michael and Joel Monaghan, who missed last Sunday's win at Huddersfield Giants with leg and groin injuries respectively.
"Whether Briers makes the final cut I've still got to decide on," Smith said. "I've got the two Monaghan brothers to run my eye over as well.
"Lee is better for the hit-out. He was really nervous about playing for Swinton but he really enjoyed it.
"Playing for another club was a big thing for him but he handled it really well and, if he's called upon on Sunday, he'll do a good job for us."
Meanwhile, Smith says the club have started to talking to the club's out-of-contract players, who include both Briers and Morley, following the passing of the anti-tampering deadline a week ago, but no decision has yet been made on the future of the veteran internationals.
"We have to start talking so they're all aware of whether they're with us or not or still in the don't-know category," Smith said. "The cut-off date allows clubs to officially talk to them.
"As for Briers and Morley, they're still in the undecided category. I don't think they've made a definitive decision and we haven't either, which I'm totally comfortable with.
"It is a sensitive issue for them."
Warrington were the only Super League club not to make a signing ahead of the 2013 season but Smith admits he is likely to dip into the transfer market for next year.
However, he has dismissed speculation linking the Wolves with North Queensland full-back Matt Bowen, who was seen as a potential replacement for another of the club's veterans, Brett Hodgson, despite the fact that he is under contract for 2014.
"We've haven't spoken to Matt Bowen," Smith said. "Our name gets used quite a lot in Australia, which is fine, but there is absolutely zero truth in it.
"We are seeing what is available out there. We've certainly got some potential for change next year and I'd imagine there'll be some changes."