Swinton to be renamed Manchester Lions to broaden appeal of club

Swinton Lions have unveiled plans to rebrand as Manchester Lions for the 2020 season.
The Championship club have submitted an application for a change of title into the Rugby Football League, although officials insist they will maintain their Swinton individuality by maintaining exactly the exact colors and including the yield of the white’V’ on the shirt.
Swinton state the change is needed to capitalise on the 2021 World Cup and to make sure the club’s fiscal equilibrium by broadening its appeal, with both the City of Manchester Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.
A statement by the team stated:”This choice is definitely not to get shareholder gain, but contrary to the legitimate need to secure a future of their club and save it from extinction.
“It’s also worth noting that the board have rejected several business approaches to unite other clubs from the immediate last but these approaches have been rejected because they were speculative and will do nothing to safeguard the lineage of the Lions as a standalone historical club.
“The plank firmly feel that there is a significant opportunity to broaden the appeal of Swinton by getting THE rugby league team of Manchester.”
Swinton, who left their Station Road ground 27 years back, say the club will continue to play at Heywood Road in Sale and long-standing plans to construct a house that is new at Agecroft are not likely to come to fruition.

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