Swinton Lions have introduced plans to rebrand as Manchester Lions for the 2020 season.
The Championship club have filed an application for a change of name though officials insist that they will keep their Swinton identity by keeping the same colors and like the return of the famed white’V’ over the shirt.
Swinton say the change is needed to capitalise on the 2021 World Cup and also to be sure the fiscal equilibrium of the club by broadening its appeal, together with the City of Manchester Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.
A statement by the team stated:”This decision is definitely not to get shareholder gain, but against the true need to procure a future of their club and also save it from extinction.
“It’s worth noting that the board have rejected many business approaches to merge with other clubs in the immediate previous but these strategies are rejected because they were insecure and would do nothing to protect the lineage of the Lions as a stand-alone historic club.
“The plank firmly believe that there is a substantial chance to expand the appeal of Swinton by becoming THE rugby league team of Manchester.”
Swinton, who abandoned their Station Road ground that is old say the team 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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