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North Wales Crusaders have signed Chris Worrall on a season-long loan from Championship club Swinton Lions.

Worrall came through the academy systems at Salford Red Devils and St Helens, before moving to Gloucestershire All Golds, where he played under Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray in 2017.

He then made the switch to hometown club Swinton Lions ahead of 2018, penning a new deal for the current season.

Worrall, who can play either in the second row or at loose forward, has now joined Crusaders on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Murray said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to add some more quality to our squad.

“Chris comes with good experience as he’s played at Championship level and was part of the squad that had to fight hard for their place in the division last season.

“He’s used to working hard and will come to us with the right ethics.

“He can play big minutes in the forwards, which is always a bonus, and I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring with him.”

Swinton chairman Andy Mazey said: “Chris is a great professional and a fantastic bloke, but he’s found his opportunities limited this season and will only benefit from playing more rugby league.

“With the unfortunate situation in terms of central distribution cuts and further reduced funding as a result of the new ROI model, we sadly had to shelve our plans for a reserve level this year.

“We believe that it’s in Chris’ best interest to have him playing meaningful rugby league every week.

“We enjoy a good working relationship with North Wales and their head coach Anthony Murray.

“We’ll be following his progress closely and we wish him all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Back Crusaders on Sunday when they take on Hunslet at Queensway Stadium in League 1.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £2 for U16s.