Swinton Lions have announced the signing of Geronimo Doyle for the 2021 Betfred Championship season. 

The 23-year-old is a former player of the Otahuhu Leopards who compete in the Fox Memorial Premiership – Auckland’s senior league.

Doyle, who is recognised for his strong running and goal-kicking ability, also has experience playing for the New Zealand Maori residents’ team and can play full-back, centre or wing.

Speaking on signing for the Lions, the Kiwi said: “I’m really excited to be joining Swinton Lions for the 2021 season. I’ve heard a lot about the club’s strong tradition and history in the sport.

“I’ve also heard about the team’s loyal supporters, and I can’t wait to meet the entire Lions family. The Lions have remained busy throughout COVID and have been building towards the new season, and I hope my addition to the squad will assist in taking the team forward.”

Swinton Head coach Stuart Littler added: “We are delighted to have been able to secure Geronimo’s signature after competing with other Championship clubs to get this deal done. Geronimo trained with us as a guest pre-COVID and he looked very accomplished within our set-up.

“He is certainly an exciting talent and he is someone who I feel can add real value to our squad and substantially increase competition for places. Geronimo can cover a whole host of positions in the backs and he tells me he is really excited by the potential and future we can offer.

“I’m sure you will all welcome Geronimo, as he definitely has all the attributes to become a firm crowd favourite.”

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