Swinton to remain grounded despite superb form

Swinton Lions  coach John Duffy is refusing to get carried away despite his promoted side having won their last three Championship matches.

The Lions have turned heads in beating Oldham, Workington and especially Halifax last weekend after losing their opening seven matches.

But while Duffy feels that his team is now getting used to the rigours of the higher level, he insists they must remain grounded in the coming weeks.

Duffy said: “I think it was always going to take us a few games.

“We brought most of our lads from League One with us, and it was a new challenge for them.

“With also not having a pre-season game, I knew it’d take us a few weeks.

“But we’re not getting away with ourselves – we know it’s a tough season.

“We just want to keep getting better every week because we know what we can do now.”

Duffy is set to be without in-form front rower Jordan Hand for three to four weeks with a medial knee ligament injury.

Duffy added: “It’s a big loss for us.

“But we’ve just brought big Zach Johnson in and he’s looked good.

“We’ve got a bit of stuff to do with him this week, with having no game, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go soon.”