Lions sign big Pat
Swinton Lions have signed Scotland international Lee Patterson.
The versatile loose forward will go straight into the squad to face London Skolars at the Willows on Saturday (5pm).
Patterson has played for Swinton coach Steve McCormack in the international side and at Widnes and has been training with the Lions for several weeks.
“Lee has been with us for a few weeks,” said Swinton director of rugby Paul Kidd.
“He’s an experienced player who can play in a number of positions and will be a valuable addition to the squad.”
Patterson has also played for played for Keighley, York, Batley, Carpentras and Featherstone and is not to be confused with the Lee Patterson who played for Halifax and Rochdale.
Meanwhile Richard Mervill has left to join Rochdale.
“Richard wants regular first team rugby,” said Kidd. “He wants to play every week which is understandable and we wish him well.”
The Lions are down to 18 fit players to face London as they bid to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
Joe Fitzpatrick has joined the casualty list after injuring his bicep in training.
Coach McCormack said:
“We’ve had a decent start but we have shown that if we don’t play well for large periods teams will come at us.
“We are there to be shot at and rightly so and now all our focus is on London on Saturday.
“We have got a lot of improving to do and we are nowhere near the finished article.
“We have got a few things we need to work on and we need to make sure we keep working hard.
“Nobody is getting carried away with our league position yet. We can’t afford to, we are not good enough.”