Author: Luke Wallworth

SALFORD SIGN SITA AKAUOLA

As recruitment continues for 2022 and onwards, Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Sitaleki Akauola on a two-year deal.

Prop Akauola arrives from fellow Betfred Super League side Warrington Wolves, who with he won the Betfred Challenge Cup in 2019.

The 29-year-old, who has represented his country Tonga at international level, started his professional rugby league career in the NRL for West Tigers and then Penrith Panthers, before moving to the UK in 2019 to sign for the Wire in 2019.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Akauola said: “I’m really looking forward to playing for Salford, it’s a club with passion and ambition.

“It’ll be great to be playing in front of that Salford faithful, who I know are a massive part of Salford Red Devils.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added:  “Sita wanted to come to Salford to show what a quality player he really is and he is a fantastic acquisition for the Club, as we look to challenge at the top of Super League again.

“He adds size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the pack and I look forward to seeing him rip it up in a Salford shirt.”

Red Devils recruitment is sponsored by Morson Group.

Join Sita in 2022 by purchasing an early bird season ticket HERE.

SUPPORTERS’ TRUST BECOME AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF PLAYERS PATHWAY

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust as an official partner of our Reds Elite Development Squad.

The Club and the Supporters’ Trust are looking forward to identifying and nurture young players in the city of Salford in the U14s and U16s age groups. Following coaching and guidance, these young players will then hopefully progress from the Reds Elite Development Squad to the Reserve grade, which returns in 2022.

The Reds Elite Development Squad will not only benefit the players but will also provide opportunities for community coaches to develop their skills.

Thanks to an investment of £22,000 from the Supporters’ Trust, we will be able to establish a strong foundation for our Players Pathway and Salford Red Devils are extremely grateful for the Trust’s contribution.

Memberships play a pivotal role in funding partnerships like this for the Supporters’ Trust, and you can purchase or renew yours here for 2022 for just £10, with an optional £5 donation towards the Pathway fund here – https://salfordrlfcst.com/stshop/

Speaking on this partnership with the Supporters’ Trust, Salford Red Devils Executive Chairman, Paul King, said: “The fundraising and support of the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust is hugely appreciated by everyone at the Club.

“This key partnership will enable both parties to work even closer together to strengthen the pathways for young rugby league players in the city, who will then become the future stars of Salford Red Devils.”

Chair of the Supporters’ Trust, Pete Brady, added: “The Supporters’ Trust is committed to the Club’s youth pathway and is delighted to be able to sponsor the Reds Elite Development Squad for 2022.

“This support would not have been possible but for the continued support of our membership and the fundraising efforts of so many committed fans. Please join the Trust so we can continue this level of support in the years to come.”

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 27

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with Gordon Patrick claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your continued support. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results: 

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2 – £8.68 per month
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2 – £26 per quarter

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SALFORD RED DEVILS FANS FORUM AND AJ BELL STADIUM UPDATE

Following a widely viewed television news report yesterday evening, the Club felt the need to provide a clear update from the perspective of Salford Red Devils so that we are not further misrepresented, unfortunately we were not asked to provide a comment at the time.

We are currently actively engaged in positive discussions with all parties in the reported ‘stadium swap’ agreement, and we continue to strive towards the best possible outcome for Salford Red Devils. Other parties in these discussions are COSCOS (Salford City Council and Peel Holdings), Sale Sharks and Salford City Football Club. We are open minded to facilitate all aspects of the ongoing dialogue as long as the best interests of the Club are also considered throughout the process.

As we understand it, there is still no finalised agreement for the purchase of the AJ Bell Stadium. Regarding our reported move to the Peninsula Stadium at Moor Lane, whilst we understand positive progress has been made between Salford City Football Club and Salford City Council, we are still yet to undertake any due diligence on the stadium.

The conversations continue to develop at pace, however the Club recognises the need to conduct a considered evaluation of any alternative options to our tenancy at the AJ Bell Stadium, which is still contracted until the end of 2023.

We will be hosting a fans forum on Thursday 4th November to provide a further update on circumstances as they currently stand and anticipate that there may be further updates to provide by this date.

Full details of the fans forum will be released in the coming week and we look forward to seeing as many fans in attendance as possible regarding what is an important process and topic in the Club’s history.

Salford bolster pack with NRL forward

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Australian second-rower Shane Wright on a two-year deal.

Wright arrives at the club from NRL outfit North Queensland Cowboys, where he has played for the last four years, and is an exciting addition to the squad for 2022 and onwards.

The 25-year-old, who has also had a spell on loan at Mackay Cutters during his time at the Cowboys, was named Cowboys’ Rookie of the Year in 2019 after an impressive season for the Queensland side.

In 2020, Wright was part of the North Queensland side that won the NRL Nines.

“It’s a new chapter in my rugby league career and I’m excited to come over here and get stuck in.

“I’m looking forward to improving my game and buying into the culture at the club,” Wright said.

Speaking on the acquisition of Wright, director of rugby and operations Ian Blease commented: “I’m delighted that we have landed Shane’s signature.

Shane is bringing with him four years of valuable NRL experience and after speaking with Shane and watching him as a consistent performer at the Cowboys last season, he is coming to the Red Devils bringing his workmanlike attitude, strength and agility to the pack for next season and beyond.”

Join Wright in 2022 by purchasing an early bird season ticket HERE.

Salford Red Devils extend partnership with Morson Group

Following a successful two-year partnership, Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce a three-year partnership extension with Salford headquartered recruitment specialists Morson Group.

After featuring on the front of shirt for the historic 2020 visit to the Betfred Challenge Cup final, Morson Group will extend their relationship by featuring on the reverse of the shirt for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 campaigns.

The renewed agreement will leverage the recruitment expertise that Morson Group have to create content and fan experiences to bring fans closer to the recruitment process in professional sport.

Speaking of the extension, Commercial Director George Harborne said; “Our partnership with Morson Group is highly valued and we are very pleased to continue our relationship with a key Salford business.

“We are very grateful for the support of Morson Group over the last two seasons, and to extend this for another three years is exciting and testament to the great work that we both feel we can achieve in the coming campaigns.”

Commenting on the partnership renewal, Morson Group CEO Ged Mason added; “We’re delighted to extend our sponsorship with Salford Red Devils, with the club looking to build on the experiences from their Grand Final and Challenge Cup final trips over the course of the next three years.

“With the reintroduction of fans to stadiums and the continued television coverage from Sky, the exposure from an advertising perspective continues to grow every time the players pull on the jersey. Salford’s work in the local community is another huge positive in collaborating with this great club and is reflective of our core values as a company. We look forward to working with the Red Devils in various community projects in the years ahead.

“As someone who grew up in Salford and whose business is based there, it is brilliant to see local sports teams and businesses succeed, and to be a part of that process and to help in any way makes me extremely proud. With some great signings already announced and more undoubtedly to come ahead of the new season, there is every reason to be excited by a club that continues to show great ambition, both on and off the field.”

You can find out more about Morson Group by visiting www.morson.com

Salford Red Devils feature on City of Salford Monopoly board

An official Salford version of the world’s most popular and famous family gaming brand has hit the shops this morning, and we’re delighted to announce it features Salford Red Devils.

In all, more than 30 Salford landmarks and charities ‘Pass GO’, with Salford Red Devils featuring on the board itself.

Salford Red Devils commercial manager Hannah Kilby said: “To be associated with the World’s most famous board game is massive for the club, in terms of getting not only our image and name out there to a wider audience, but the sport of rugby league itself.”

The makers have largely themed the famous Monopoly multi-coloured property sets around different genres. From heritage to shopping and culture to sport. The four train stations from the London original game each take on a ‘travel’ theme, as Salford doesn’t have four main line train stations to select from.

The very recently re-branded MediaCity – formerly MediaCityUK up to last month (September) – gets to land on the top ranked square. It replaces glitzy Mayfair from the game’s classic London original.

And here is how the new game works: Whilst the rules, money denomination, playing tokens and above all the spirit of the MONOPOLY game stay the same, all the property spaces become Salford landmarks. Chance and Community Chest cards are customised too. One rewards players with enough money for a shopping spree at Quayside! Whilst another fines players for littering at the historic Clifton Country Park.

The board is available now at Asda, Ryman, Selfridges, Waterstones, The Works and WH Smith – as well as extensively online, including on Amazon.

GOLDLINE WEEK 26

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with Barry Horler claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results: 

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

Direct debit options
Monthly:
1 – £4.34 per month
2 – £8.68 per month
Quarterly:
1 – £13 per quarter
2 – £26 per quarter

Contact SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com for more information, or to subscribe to get the weekly results direct to your email inbox.

Red Devils fans can also show their support during 2021 by signing up to the club’s video subscription service RDTV.

Salford Red Devils and Advanced Steel renew sponsorship

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the renewal of our sponsorship agreement with Advanced Steel Services, for what will be a fifth year of business with the UK-wide steel stockholders.

Advanced Steel first became sponsors of the club in 2017, and will continue to feature on our official kit for 2022 as they have done for the last five years  – 2017 and 2018 on the shorts and 2019, 2020 and 2021 on the shirt.

Managing director for Advanced Steel, Carl Grundy, commented: “Advanced Steel are very proud to be a shirt sponsor again for the Salford Red Devils during the 2022 season, we have been in partnership with the club for the previous 5 years and there have been so many highs in such a short time.

“It was a very easy decision to make to continue for another year and we are excited to see what lies ahead with the development of the club. I have regular contact with Paul King and George Harborne and the vision they have for the club, backed up with support of the Salford fans, can only mean it will be another high this season.”

Salford Red Devils executive chairman Paul King said: “We are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with a prestigious business like Advanced Steel. Carl is a superb advocate of the club and an excellent sounding board for me on a fairly regular basis.

“I look forward to what 2022 can bring, with the support of partners like Advanced Steel helping us realise our ambitions.”

Player sponsors of Harvey Livett for 2022, Advanced Steel, who have 150 years of experience, are part of the Barrett Steel Group and have the backing therefore of the UK’s largest independent steel stockholder with their own transport fleet, multi-million pound processing facilities and nearly 100,000 tonnes of steel stock available to you next day.

To find out more about Advanced Steel, visit www.advancedsteel.co.uk

Salford Red Devils Women’s team launched from 2022

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the launch of a new Women’s open age team for the 2022 season.

The new open age team will be the pinnacle of the existing girl’s pathway that runs alongside the boys rising stars programme and will sit above the existing Dual development Academy based at Eccles Sixth Form College.

Salford Red Devils Foundation will be driving forward this exciting new venture with the full support of the club, who are excited to add a women’s team to their roster.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Director Neil Blackburn stated: “We have been developing our girls programme over the last couple of years to run alongside our rising stars programme and with our College Development academy being a dual pathway, now is the perfect time to launch our Women’s Team.

“We are extremely excited to be able to launch the first Salford Red Devils Women’s team that will now give the opportunity for women to represent Salford Red Devils at the highest level.”

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Marc Simon as the clubs first ever Women’s head coach. Marc has a wealth of experience, coaching rugby league for over 20 years and has been a prominent figure in the women’s game for the last decade.

During this time, Marc has coached at teams such as Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves and has been a key figure in the Development of the women’s game at both clubs. Marc has also been the head coach of Lancashire Women’s Team for the last 5 years and has had a great deal of success.

Speaking on his appointment, Marc Simon said: “I am looking forward to working with such a well-respected club, that not only has that family feel, but holds its fans in such high regard.

“I look forward to creating a club which drives women’s rugby within Salford forward and has a positive atmosphere that players will thrive in. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simon is wasting no time in getting started and will be holding 2 open training sessions/ trials for all women who wish to be part of the first ever women’s team at Salford Red Devils. These dates will be Monday 18th October and Wednesday 20th October.

Salford Red Devils Foundation head of equality and diversity Craig Fisher said: “I am delighted Marc has come on board, he brings a lot of experience and also tremendous enthusiasm which will see him do well in the role.

“When you read his CV with all the coaching he has done over the past 20 years, Marc seems the perfect person to lead our first ever Women’s team at Salford Red Devils.”

Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “The Foundation have done a brilliant job on this one in providing an opportunity for women in Salford to play rugby league at the highest level.

“Marc Simon has played a pivotal role in driving the women’s game forward over recent years and he is a brilliant appointment for us. I’m looking forward to watching how our first ever Women’s team will progress from 2022.”

You can register your interest in playing for the first Salford Red Devils Women’s team, HERE.

Equally, if you would like to be involved in a non-playing capacity, please register HERE.