Swinson calls time on 14-year professional career

Tim Swinson the Scotland rugby player

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland lock Tim Swinson has today (Friday) called time on a 14-year professional career.

He also represented Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, while he also made 136 appearances for Glasgow after signing in 2012. 

He joined the Warriors from Newcastle Falcons, where he was named the club’s Player of the Season in the 2011/12 season. 

Announcing the decision to hang up his boots – the second player to do so this week following Ruaridh Jackson – Swinson said: “It’s a hard goodbye to the game I’ve played for the last 14 years, but it’s time to move onto the next adventure. 

“The memorable games, victories and friendships won’t be lost, but the camaraderie will be missed.

Swinson was part of the Scotland squad that won the 2018 Calcutta Cup. 
Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson

“Glasgow and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to live my boyhood dream and it has not disappointed; playing in big games, finals and a World Cup felt better than I could have imagined.

“The team-mates who shared those highs also made the lows, the injuries and disappointments manageable, I thank you.

“To the fans who make the game what it is – whose support, undaunted by obscure away travel and awful weather, never falters – the game would be in a far worse place without you.

“I would like to thank to my family, and in particular my wife, whose own sacrifices allowed me to pursue my dreams – I would never have achieved as much as I have without your support.

“Finally, to my daughters – I hope that I have shown you that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to, and that your childhood dreams can become reality too.”

Image caption: Scotland lock Tim Swinson has called time on his career. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson

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