They wouldn't give him a Whirlipede, but there were dozens of better options than Swadloon.They couldn't let Burgh keep his Whirlipede, because otherwise that would have been two Gym Leaders in a row with the same Pokemon.
I am quite disappointed that he didn't get something a bit more... more, though.
The only way his team could be even more disappointing would be having a Sewaddle instead of Swadloon, I guess. But it was a close call.Swadloon... nah.
I pray we have some new Ground-types in the desert, so he can use them.Doesn't seem like Clay has any new toys to play with at this point either.