Author: Luke Wallworth

Salford sign prop Tyler Dupree until end of 2023

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce the signing of young prop Tyler Dupree from Widnes Vikings until the end of 2023.

The 22-year-old started at Salford’s scholarship six years ago before joining Leeds Rhinos’ academy. Prop Dupree then had spells at Featherstone Rovers, Batley Bulldogs and York City Knights before signing for Oldham Roughyeds for the 2021 Betfred Championship season, finishing that year with the competition’s Young Player of the Year Award.

Dupree was then picked up by Widnes Vikings ahead of 2022 and after a number of impressive performances for the Championship side, has earned his chance in the Betfred Super League.

In 34 career appearances so far, the young forward has scored an impressive 14 tries.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Dupree said: I’m really excited. Playing in Super League is what I’ve been working towards.

“I’m ready to work hard and make an impression. I’m here to take the rough with the smooth, take it day by day and just enjoy it.”

Dupree is looking forward to working with Paul Rowley and is ready to show the head coach what he is capable of.

“Rowls (Rowley) has been honest, straight to the point and has told me what he wants and expects from me for the rest of this season and next. I’m really looking forward to working under him.”

Head coach Paul Rowley said: “The playing group and staff are pleased to welcome Tyler to the club and look forward to him challenging for a spot. He has fantastic attributes to play in the middle and our environment will provide him the ideal platform to progress and fulfil his potential.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, commented: “The addition of Tyler is a great bit of business for Salford, to sign such a talented and enthusiastic rugby league player who is still very young.

“He’s really established himself as a quality player over the last couple of seasons and I’m excited to see him get a well-deserved shot in Super League.”

As part of the deal, Josh Johnson will go the other way and link-up with Widnes immediately.

Johnson arrived at the Red Devils during the middle of the 2019 season, playing a part in the  Red Devils’ run to our first ever Grand Final in October of that year.

The following season, Johnson was part of the squad that propelled Salford to their first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years.

On Johnson’s departure, Rowley commented: “The playing and coaching staff wish Josh the best of luck at his new club. He’s been a very popular member of the team for several years and leaves with all our respect and continued friendship.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, added: “Josh has been a great part of our team, especially in the run-up to both the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final.

“I wish Josh all the best and I thank him for his fantastic service to Salford. I’m confident he will thrive at Widnes.”

LANCASTER BASED RECRUITMENT TECH GROUP BECOME LATEST CLUB SPONSORS

Leading Recruitment and Employment Technology Company, CareerWallet has today announced a multi-year sponsorship of Salford Red Devils. The exciting new partnership and sponsorship includes shirt and multi advertising placement to promote the leading UK career platform www.thecareerwallet.com.

Career Wallet’s sponsorship of Salford Red Devils is the first of a number of sports sponsorships the leading recruitment tech company is set to announce as they look to increase their brand recognition and solidify their position as a leading job aggregator and recruitment solution across the UK and other international markets.

Craig Bines, CEO and founder of Career wallet group says, We are delighted to be announced as a new sponsor and working partner of the Salford Red Devils, as a northwest based business this is the first of a number of strategic sports-based sponsorships the company will launch over the next 24 months.

“As a community-based club, with such a strong footprint in the Greater Manchester area, the opportunity and flexibility of the team from the Salford Red Devils has allowed us to agree and commit to the sponsorship within a matter of weeks.”

Paul Trainor, Executive Director, Salford Red Devils comments We are delighted to have Career Wallet join the Salford Red Devils as an Official Partner. Throughout our discussions, it is clear that the company has real ambition and aspiration, not only in terms of their growth, but also their technology and innovation.

“There are some exciting plans for the partnership, which will create exciting opportunities for our supporters and the local community.  We look forward to a dynamic, productive partnership with the team at Career Wallet.”

Ackers commits future to Salford

Following the contract extensions of both Deon Cross and Kallum Watkins, Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that Andy Ackers has also signed a one-year contract extension.

The hooker, who now remains a Red Devil until at least the end of next season, arrived at Salford in the middle of the 2020 Betfred Super League campaign from Toronto Wolfpack, where he worked under current Salford head coach Paul Rowley.

Our number 9 has played in every one of Salford’s games this year, tallying up 401 tackles so far – highest number at the club and fourth highest in the league.

Speaking on Ackers’ contract renewal, head coach Paul Rowley said: “Having worked with Andy before, I take a lot of personal satisfaction and pride in Andy’s continued progression.

“Every year he becomes more well rounded, level headed and a more complete rugby league player. He’s been a fantastic competitor every week at training and in games, setting his standards high and working hard to achieve. I’m delighted to be able to continue working alongside him and pleased his future in a Salford shirt is confirmed.”

Director of rugby and operation, Ian Blease, added: “Getting Ackers over the line and with us for another season has been another piece of important business for the club.

“He’s approaching two years with us now and in that time it’s been great to watch him develop as a player. He puts a shift in every time he represents Salford and is an important part of the squad.”

You can watch Ackers in action in Round 12, when we host Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 15th May. Purchase your tickets HERE.

Kallum Watkins extends Salford stay

Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm that Kallum Watkins has signed a contract extension until the end of 2023.

The England international signed for Salford, his boyhood club, towards the latter stage of the 2020 season, starting at centre for the Red Devils just over a month later in the Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Our number 3 returned recently to the squad after over 11 months out injured. Watkins has not only hit the ground running, he’s done so playing in the second-row, rather than recognised position of centre, due to the pile up of injuries.

Watkins said: “”I’m really pleased to extend my stay here at Salford. The club are heading in a great direction with the playing group and coaching staff we’ve got here and I’m excited to continue working with everyone.

It’s been a tough last 12 months for me personally, but everyone at the club have supported me and pushed me to get back on the pitch and I’m really happy to be back playing. I want to focus on keeping fit now and doing my best to represent Salford both on and off the field.”

Head coach Paul Rowley commented: “It’s fantastic news that Kallum has committed his future to the club. He’s been fantastic on and off the field and is exactly the calibre of player and more importantly person that we want in our organisation. He’s an international athlete and a role model to all aspiring future Red Devils. I know I speak on behalf of everyone at the club in saying it’s a pleasure and privilege to have Kallum in our group.

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, added: “It’s fantastic for Salford that we’ve got Kallum with us for at least another season. Kallum is the definition of a true professional who leads by example both on and off the field and despite a pretty tough year for him personally with injuries, his experience, talent and knowledge of the game has really strengthened our squad.

It’s great to see Kallum back on the field and his return to the squad has really gave us that shot in the arm we need as we get into the thick of the season.”

Join Watkins on Sunday 15th May for our Round 12 home clash with Leeds Rhinos. Tickets on sale HERE.

Deon Cross to remain a Red Devil until end of 2023

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that we have exercised the one-year extension option in Deon Cross’ contract, meaning the in-form centre/winger will remain a Red Devil until the end of the 2023 season.

Cross arrived at Salford from Widnes Vikings ahead of the 2022 season and impressed from his first day of pre-season, leading to head coach Paul Rowley highlighting him as his standout player during the off-season.

A recognised winger, Cross quickly had to adapt his game due to a number of injuries at the club that left a shortage of centres in Rowley’s squad. However, Our number 28 has not once looked out of place in what is his first season in the Betfred Super League, with consistently strong performances every week.

Deon Cross, sponsored by PND Travel, said: “I’m really pleased to get the contract extension at Salford, as I have loved every minute so far at the club. I’m really enjoying my time here, especially with the playing group, coaching staff and the fans we have got.

“The club have given me an opportunity by giving me an extension and I want to repay them with good performances and assisting the team in the goals we have set for the season and beyond.”

Head coach Paul Rowley added: “It’s great news for Salford that Deon has extended his stay with the club. He’s a great example of perseverance, dedication and commitment to following his dreams.

“He’s worked extremely hard and is looking very much a Super League player. He’s a fantastic lad to work with and the lads, the staff and myself are looking forward to being a part of his continued Super League journey.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, commented: “From all of the recruitment over the years, Deon’s signing and his progression in such a short space of time, has personally been one of the best signings I have made at the club so far. It is great to see a player being given a chance at elite sport and succeeding and at present, Deon is grasping his chance with both hands.

“I believed in Deon from the onset and after speaking with his agent, I knew he would be a perfect fit for our club. Deon’s willingness to adapt and learn at the Red Devils has been an absolute pleasure to watch.

“We have now taken up the option on Deon for 2023, and this will now give him more time to build on his game and grow his reputation even more for our club.”

Join Deon at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 15th May, when we see the return of Leeds Rhinos for Round 12 of the Betfred Super League. Tickets on sale HERE.

MATCH REPORT | ST HELENS 14-10 SALFORD RED DEVILS | FRIDAY 29TH APRIL 2022

St. Helens held on to deny Salford Red Devils a last minute game-winning try, to take the two points with a 14-10 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium tonight.

Salford edged close to scoring early on, catching Saints on the back-foot. Jack Ormondroyd showed fantastic agility for a 6ft4 prop to break the Saints line down the middle before he was brought down 20 metres out. On the last, Croft fancied his chances and went for the try-line but was halted just metres from the line.

In the 6th minute Jack Welsby saw yellow for kicking the ball away in what appeared to be frustration, after neither him or his supporting teammates could reach a grubber kick that had been sent into Salford’s left corner.

Salford struggled to make use of the extra man whilst Welsby was off, but do strike just a few minutes after he returns to the field through Morgan Escare. The Frenchman, on his 150th Super League appearance, weaves through the Saints right flank to ground the ball to the right of the sticks.

The hosts finally breach the Salford line in the 26th minute with some fast hands down the right that opened up a gap for Ben Davies to stroll through.

Former Red Devil Joey Lussick came on in the 28th minute to replace the injured Jonny Lomax, and had an instant impact. The hooker sent a grubber kick towards the in-goal area that was deflected into the path of Welsby, gifting him a simple try.

Salford were awarded a penalty seconds before the half-time hooter and opted for the two, but the conversion was missed by Chris Atkin.

Half-time: St. Helens 10-6 Salford Red Devils 

The first twenty minutes of the second forty was a real arm wrestle as both sides tussled for a grip of the game.

Just before the hour mark, Danny Addy made a dart for the try-line down the left flank and although he was met by a handful of Saints players, he was able to offload to the supporting Matt Costello to go over in the left corner against his old side.

Just after the hour mark, a high tackle on Ken Sio caused a scuffle between both sides, which led to Amir Bourouh and Mark Percival both seeing yellow.

With ten minutes to go, Addy was penalised for a high tackle. With the scores level at 10-10, the hosts opted for the two and nudged in front thanks to Tommy Makinson’s successful conversion.

Four minutes later, Salford are penalised again in a similar position and Makinson sent over another successful penalty-goal.

Just before the final hooter, Chris Atkin intercepted a Saints pass and ran almost the length of the field but he was brought down inches away from the try-line by Morgan Knowles, denying Salford an almost certain two points in spectacular fashion.

Welsby then received his second yellow of the game for holding Atkin down for too long, which allowed the Saints players a few more seconds to get back on their line, catch their breath and hold on to the win.

Paul Rowley’s side, which was missing the likes of Ryan Brierley, Marc Sneyd and Elijah Taylor, can be pleased with what was a highly spirited perfomance against the defending Betfred Super League champions.

Full-time:

St. Helens: Hopoate, Makinson, Davies, Percival, Simm, Welsby, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Royle, Batchelor, Knowles, Mata’utia, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paasi

Salford: Escare, Sio, Cross, Costello, Williams, Croft, Atkin, Johnson, Bourouh, Ormondroyd, Addy, Watkins, Lannon, Ackers, Akauola, Gerrard, Vuniyayawa.

St. Helens tries: Davies (26′), Welsby (28′)

St. Helens goals: Makinson (1/2)

St. Helens penalty goals: Makinson (2/2)

Salford tries: Escare

Salford goals: Atkin (1/2)

Salford penalty goals: Atkin (0/1)

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

PREVIEW: ST HELENS V SALFORD RED DEVILS | FRIDAY 29TH APRIL 2022

Salford Red Devils travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium to face St Helens in Round 11 of the Betfred Super League on Friday night.

A relentless Easter schedule ends against the league leaders, who have won eight and lost only two of their opening 10 fixtures. However, last week, a youthful-looking Saints side lost 30-10 to the Castleford Tigers.

The Red Devils are fresh from a heartbreaking loss to the Wigan Warriors on Sunday afternoon. After being 24-12 down at half-time, Paul Rowley’s side battled back to level the scores, but were a victim of a late Jai Field wonder-try.

Despite the defeat, there was plenty for Salford to be optimistic about regarding the performance. Ryan Brierley and Brodie Croft were the standouts, with the pair receiving Man of Steel points for their individual displays.

Attention will now turn to Friday’s clash, with assistant coach Danny Orr speaking to the press ahead of the game on a variety of topics. But first, he reflected on the game against Wigan and what confidence the team can take from it.

Orr said: “I think it’s got to do really (give the team confidence). I think the lads worked hard and the good thing is – I know Wigan could have been better – but so could we, there is improvement in us.

“As you say, every team will do the same, but you take the positives out of it, you maintain that standard and look to get better week in, week out, so if you keep doing that at some point the wins are going to come.”

Moving on to preview Friday’s game, Orr was asked what it takes to beat the side flying high in the Betfred Super League.

Eight-time winners of the competition, St Helens know what it takes to win the top prizes and will be looking to get their hands on the prestigious trophy once again this season.

Orr continued: “We’ve got to be outstanding. As a team, as individuals, we’ve got to be on top of our game and absolutely nail a performance for 80 minutes. I think we’ve performed well in all the games this year, but in small patches.

“I think last week was probably a 60/70-minute performance, we need to put in an 80-minute performance together and if we do that, we stand a chance.”

Salford were massive underdogs for the game against Wigan, but showed they can mix it with the very best. So, against St Helens, Rowley will be hoping his side can produce a similar level of performance against some world-class opposition.

Written by: Harry Siddall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

“We don’t doubt ourselves” – Paul Rowley

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley believes his side can take confidence from a brave performance, despite falling to a late 30-26 defeat against Wigan Warriors in Round 10 of the Betfred Super League.

After a back and forth 80 minutes at the DW Stadium, only Jai Field’s late strike separated the two teams. Throughout the match, the Red Devils showed immense grit and determination to keep out what looked like certain Wigan tries. Field may have won the game for the Cherry and Whites, but Salford were able to restrict the equally dangerous Bevan French all afternoon.

Going forward, the visitors were able to show their attacking flair. An expertly worked move from right to left allowed Ryan Brierley to dummy his man and set up Matt Costello for a try in the first 40, while Ken Sio also added to his tally with a trademark lung-bursting run.

Speaking to the press directly after his side’s heartbreaking defeat, Paul Rowley was quick to praise his group for their display, but believes this spirit is what he sees every week.

“We’ll take confidence out of it, but we’re never short on confidence anyway. We’re a good group, we don’t doubt ourselves, we are stuck on task week in, week out and we will do for the entire season.

“We won’t waver, we’re nowhere near cracking as a group, nowhere near cracking as a coaching staff – we’ll drive forward every time, that’s just us and our mentality. But coming away from it – apart from confidence – if someone could dish us some energy that would be great!”

The Red Devils’ head coach also went on to discuss some individual performances and re-enforced the effort the group has had to put into such a demanding schedule, with a trip to St Helens still to come on Friday evening.

“Well, he looks international (Watkins), he is an international, so brilliant really. As was, in the first half, Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley – I thought they were outstanding.

“As a group, we were really good in most things that we did. Obviously, there were just some moments where we got it wrong, but a lot of our cap was sat on the sidelines, so you kick yourself and wonder what if.”

Attention will now turn to that meeting with St Helens – who are sitting top of the Betfred Super League – with Rowley hoping he can extract the same level of performance from his players on Friday night.

Written by: Harry Siddall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | WIGAN WARRIORS 30-24 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 24TH APRIL 2022

A valiant Salford Red Devils were narrowly beaten by Wigan Warriors 30-24 in Round 10 of the Betfred Super League this afternoon.

Paul Rowley’s side certainly did not cower from one of the league’s strongest outfits and almost pulled off a superb result, but a solo try from Jai Field, – right at the death – earned Wigan the points

The hosts were the first on the scoresheet when some quick passing in the centre allowed John Bateman to find the dangerous Jai Field the space to race 40 metres beyond the Salford backline and slide over.

There was an instant response by the Red Devils, with some intense pressure on the Wigan try line earning Salford repeated sets.

Eventually, Brodie Croft’s neat pass allowed King Vuniyayawa to power underneath the sticks – Ryan Brierley kicked the extra’s on his 250th career appearance.

Salford built on their momentum and took the lead just eight minutes later. A well-worked move from left to right gave Brierley the chance to expertly dummy his man and find Matt Costello to score his first try of the season.

Wigan hit back with some intelligent play from Brad O’Neill, who spotted Kaide Ellis making a run and slipped him in behind to level the scores.

The Cherry and White’s found their groove and hit Salford with two quickfire tries. Just before the half-hour mark, Cade Cust skipped across the pitch before flicking a short pass to Liam Farrell to go over.

Just minutes later, Harry Smith found a gap in Salford’s centre to dart through and touch down before converting his own try.

Half-time: Wigan Warriors 24–12 Salford Red Devils

Rowley’s half-time team talk fired up the team and they came out for the second 40 in flying form.

Some great play gained quick metres in the Wigan half and Croft’s neat grubber kick allowed Alex Gerrard to slam down after some slight confusion with Brierley.

Then, just as Wigan were starting to build pressure, Ken Sio showed his class to intercept, charge over 70 metres downfield and fire Salford level.

As the clock ticked down and the tension around the DW Stadium grew, some brave Salford defending on their own try-line kept the Warriors out for a long while, but the resistance was eventually broken by Field.

After collecting an attempted Salford drop goal, the rapid full-back sprinted the entire length of the pitch down the right to win the game for the hosts.

Full-time: Wigan Warriors 30–24 Salford Red Devils

Wigan: Field, French, Thornley, Bibby, Marshall, Cust, Smith, Ellis, O’Neill, Byrne, Farrell, Bateman, Smithies, Mago, Partington, Havard, Shorrocks.

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Costello, Williams, Atkin, Croft, Burke, Ackers, Vuniyayawa, Addy, Watkins, Taylor (C), Ormondroyd, Gerrard, Escare, Luckley.

Wigan tries: Field (5’, 78’), Ellis (22’), Farrell (29’), Smith (33’)

Salford tries: Vuniyayawa (10’), Costello (18’), Gerrard (46’), Sio (54’)

Wigan goals: Smith (5/5)

Salford goals: Brierley (4/4)

PREVIEW: WIGAN WARRIORS V SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 24TH APRIL 2022

Salford Red Devils travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors in Round 10 of the Betfred Super League this afternoon.

The Red Devils are looking to get back to winning ways after a 10-32 defeat to Catalans Dragons in Round 9 and will look to cause a massive upset to the team currently sitting in 2nd place.

Salford have already faced the Warriors this season in the Betfred Challenge Cup, where – despite some excellent defending to handle the exciting Jai Field – they were beaten 20-0 and knocked out in Round 6.

After a hectic Easter period, the games continue to come thick and fast for Paul Rowley and his side, with a trip to St Helens next week also presenting a huge hurdle in terms of player fitness

Speaking to the press before the game, the Red Devils boss has reflected on how his side fared previously against Wigan in the cup and what sort of challenges the returning Bevan French will pose.

Rowley said: “I think if we can concentrate on what we’ve been doing well in some defensive areas and improve in others where we’ve not. So, Wigan never went away from our middle last time, and I suspect they’ll do the same again.

“You’ll see Bevan French and Jai Field; their true worth will come on the back of anything fractured – so offloads and broken tackles to go forward.

“So, I’d expect our middles to have a busy day and Wigan to be patient on pushing the trigger, before going wide on quick rucks.”

Moving on to discuss Kallum Watkins and what a player of his calibre can bring to the team upon his return from injury, Rowley believes he can still benefit from some of the quality personnel Salford possess, which are still on the treatment table.

“100%. He’s a classy player, so I think we’ll see his true value when our whole backline returns to fitness as well – I’d like to have them all on the pitch,” the head coach said.

“We’ll see Kallum’s true worth when he’s surrounded by the quality players who aren’t quite ready to play yet through injury – but we know what he can do.”

Amidst a tough period, Salford will be looking to use this game to show the attacking flair they possess, while building on some brilliant defending against the same opposition in their last meeting.

Written by: Harry Siddall