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Lee Briers set for controversial Swinton ‘debut’

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Warrington stand-off Lee Briers will return from injury when playing for Swinton tomorrow night (Thursday).

The 34-year-old is eligible to play for the Wolves’ partner club as part of the controversial dual-registration rule, which allows Super League players to appear in the Kingstone Press Championship.

And Briers, who has spent 17-season with Warrington, is set to take advantage in search of match-fitness.

"It was my choice. I count myself as a one-club man and I thought 'can I really put another club jersey on? That was the hard bit for me. But you get over that. That's just a bit of pride,” he’s quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"The main thing is that it's going to help get me back playing Super League. It's also helping Swinton out.”

Briers hasn’t played for the Wolves since injuring his neck against Wigan Warriors during round two of the Super League season.

The former Wales international was set to make his return three weeks ago, but a calf injury put pay to his chances of featuring in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup clash against Keighley.

Now, Briers will be hoping to make an impact against Whitehaven at Leigh Sports Village, and put himself into contention to return for his parent club against Huddersfield.

However, a fifth-round Challenge Cup tie against Salford City Reds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium the following week seems like a more realistic target.

"I'll put my hand up for Sunday but I very much doubt that I'll play in that. I've got a lot of work to do before that. I've not done much contact. I've not played for 12 weeks, all I am worried about is getting through this game and re-assess,” he added.

"But I'm ready to go. It's been like a pre-season for me. Since November, I've played one and a half games.”

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