Former Glasgow Warriors second row Tim Swinson has performed a U-turn on his decision to retire and signed with Championship-bound Saracens. Swinson announced his retirement from rugby in May following an eight-year spell with the Warriors.

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At the time, 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.”

But now the 33-year-old has decided against hanging up his boots, and instead has agreed to join reigning Premiership and Champions Cup champions Saracens.

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Swinson grew up supporting Saracans and played at Bramley Road as a junior. The lock began his career with Newcastle Falcons where he was initially coached by Ian Peel, the current Saracens forwards coach.

“Saracens for me is my childhood club, I played my first game of rugby as a curtain raiser for them,” he said.

“The thing that really drew me to the club was the coaches, particularly the forwards coach (Ian Peel). He was my academy coach when I was at Newcastle.

“He was always a guy that I wanted to play in a team who he coached and that became the opportunity now.

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“When I retired I was really happy to retire and then this opportunity came up and it really ticked a lot of boxes; playing for my childhood club, playing for coaches that I have always had respect for, playing for a club that has won a lot recently and experiencing that culture which everyone talks about as being a big part of the Saracens ethos.

“I want to play and I want to play good rugby. It’s a new experience and I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: “Tim is an incredibly experienced player who we believe can have a really positive influence on some of our young locks.

“He is a great competitor as evidenced by the hugely successful career he has enjoyed and we are delighted that he has chosen to extend that career with us.”

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Swinson won 38 caps for Scotland and made 136 appearances for Glasgow Warriors, where he won a Pro12 title in 2015.

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