TIM SWINSON has signed a contract to play for Saracens in the English Championship next season, as they look to bounce back following their enforced relegation out of the Premiership.
The 33-year-old former Scotland and Glasgow Warriors player announced his retirement from rugby last month, but couldn’t resist a change of heart when Saracens phoned up looking for an experienced second-row.
He grew up a few miles from their old Bramley Road ground, played his first game of mini-rugby as a curtain-raiser for Saracens back in the 1990s, and says it is a club he has always wanted to play for.
The fact that it offers the opportunity to link up with old Newcastle Falcons team-mates Ian Peel and Joe Shaw was another pull factor in his decision to lace up the boots again.
Swinson will initially split his time between his parents’ home in London and his current base in Glasgow, whilst combining rugby with studying for a law degree from Robert Gordon University. He plans to carry on as Chair of Rugby Players Scotland, the association which represents the interests of Scotland’s professional rugby players.