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Ikahihifo to return to Giants

Salford Red Devils can confirm that loanee Seb Ikahihifo will return to Huddersfield Giants for 2022, after two seasons with us.

The 30-year-old arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years.

Ikahihifo, who made 28 appearances in a Salford shirt, said: “I’ve had a great two years here at Salford, I’ve really enjoyed playing in front of the Salford faithful who have been behind me and the team every single time we run out.

I feel like I’ve developed my game a lot here, and I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club for the last two seasons.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall commented: “Seb has been a valued member of our squad, his impact off the bench for the team was superb.

“He always gave 100 % and certainly left everything out on the field. We understand the move to Huddersfield suits both parties and we wish him well with the giants.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I thank him for his two years of effort playing for the Red Devils. I believe we have developed him as a player and given him time to change his game and progress with us.

“I’d also like to thank Richard Thewlis and the Giants for allowing us to work with Seb these past two seasons.”

Give Ikahihifo a send-off by joining us at the annual Player Awards night on Wednesday 22nd September. Purchase a ticket HERE.

Greenwood – “I’m looking forward to the next few seasons”

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that James Greenwood has signed a two-year contract extension, with the option of a third.

Our number 21 joined the club permanently in 2020 having spent a short loan spell at Salford in 2015, and helped the Red Devils reach their first Challenge Cup Final since 1969 last season, scoring a try at Wembley.

Speaking on his contract extension, Greenwood, who is sponsored by Salford Rum, said: “It was a simple decision for me to extend my stay, I’ve really enjoyed my time so far at Salford.

“I’m focused on doing my part for the team and giving it 100% for the fans every game. I’m looking forward to the next few seasons as we all look to push on and improve from this year.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall said:  “James has been a pleasure to work with this year. It’s been no coincidence that the games we’ve played well in this season have involved James.

“I think he can further develop next year in what will be an exciting and fit pack. He could well be the cornerstone of that group after a good preseason and further emerge as a leader down the line.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “I’m delighted that Greeny has extended his stay here at Salford, he’s a brilliant individual and a quality player.

“I know he’s had a bit of bad luck this season with his injuries, but he’s been working hard off the field and with a good preseason, he’ll be back in top form in 2022.”

Salford Red Devils partner with Queensland club Ipswich Jets

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce a new, exciting, and innovative partnership with Queensland rugby league outfit the Ipswich Jets.

Situated in an area of Queensland that is renowned for its cultural heritage, Ipswich Jets, like Salford, are a community orientated rugby league club, meaning both teams’ values and principles will go hand in hand. This promising linkup will allow the Red Devils and the Jets to utilise future opportunities for player exchanges and to share best practise and knowledge, which will aid coach and player development both on and off the field.

Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease said: “When I was in Queensland at the back end of December 2019, I hooked up with the Ipswich Jets Chair Steven Johnson. Travelling on various journeys visiting clubs in Australia, we talked for hours on how both our clubs would benefit from a partnership and how alike our thoughts were on player development, the game in general and how both clubs were very similar on the exciting path of progress that we are both going through.

“This partnership with the Jets will give the Red Devils added elements to our newly designed player pathway and will give our young players the chance to experience rugby league in Australia, whilst also being looked after by an extremely forward thinking and player-caring club, the Ipswich Jets. From my part, this is another exciting partnership that we are building at the Salford Red Devils, with more to come in the future.

“My thanks to both Steven and Richard at the Jets for working with me on this partnership, it is exciting and innovative and will be extremely beneficial for both clubs for many years to come.”

Steven Johnson Chairman of Ipswich Jets said: ” Ipswich is the very heartland of rugby league in Queensland and has been producing the game’s finest players since 1910, from captains of Australia and Queensland, the entire front row of the 1959 Kangaroos, Langer, the Walters brothers, and now the wiz kid Sam Walker. The Ipswich Jets’ proud history of player development is built off the back of environment where the person is always before the player. Building better kids makes it easier to build better players. This partnership is a fabulous opportunity for players not just from both clubs, but for the cities we represent to be better and live their rugby leagues dreams.”

 

Ipswich Jets CEO Richard Hughes added: “ I was born in England and Ipswich and Salford are truly kindred cities that share the same ethos of hard work and a wonderful sense of community. I can see just how the partnership between the Ipswich Jets and the Salford Red Devils can do not just for our clubs, but to grow the game.

“We are a big brand in Queensland sport and are renowned as the innovators of rugby league throughout the game. For us, the chance to create opportunities for players and to share knowledge and resources is exciting, and working with the Salford Red Devils’ unique platforms, these opportunities will be created not just for players and staff, but for our communities in the roles we both play in the fields of education, vocation and wellbeing.”

SALFORD RED DEVILS PLEDGE TO USE LESS PLASTIC

Salford Red Devils has pledged to reduce its plastic use – following the awareness campaign around plastic waste during Plastic Free July.

The team was inspired to take a look at their collective plastic consumption by the efforts of official club sponsor, Kingsland Drinks, local Salford-based wine merchant, which has recently partnered with The Hidden Sea – a leading ethical wine brand that removes 10 plastic bottles from the ocean for every bottle of wine sold.

The average adult in the UK uses around 175 plastic bottles every year – and is the second largest producer of plastic waste on the planet, beaten only by the United States. With 60% of the UK’s plastic waste is shipped off to developing countries the plastic pollution problem is growing and action needs to be taken.

Salford Red Devils hooker Andy Ackers said: “We all need to be more aware of what happens to our plastic waste. There are many great organisations like ReSea and The Hidden Sea Wine who are working together to remove plastic waste from the ocean. We can all do our bit by reducing the amount of plastic we use.”

ReSea Project is the second organisation in the world to be certified to remove plastic from the ocean and rivers. It’s clean-up process ensures the highest level of traceability, meaning that the reclaimed plastic from oceans and rivers can be traced all the way back to the location where it was recovered.

Salford Red Devils winger Rhys Williams said: “No matter how small the change is in your plastic consumption – it will make a difference. Swapping a plastic coffee cup for a reusable cup will mean that your annual plastic usage will drop significantly.”

The Hidden Sea Wine, backed by UK retailers Sainsbury’s and the Co-op, took over 63,000 plastic bottles out of the ocean this Plastic Free July as it doubles down on its goal to remove 1 billion by 2030. Consumer pledged to reduce plastic waste via The Hidden Sea website as the wine brand continues its mission restore the ocean. To date, the company has removed over 4 million plastic bottles from the ocean.

Justin Moran, co-founder of The Hidden Sea said; “It’s really great to get the support of the Red Devils – it’s so easy for fans and supporters to follow in their footsteps to make a change to how they use plastic. Whether it’s swapping plastic egg cartons for cardboard ones, taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket rather than buying more plastic to take plastic home… simple actions can help combat this huge global crisis.”

Justin’s Top Tips for reducing plastic consumption are –

 

  • Stop using single use plastics altogether! Demand your retailers change. So obviously bring your own bags. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables which are loose in supermarkets, rather than pre-packed in plastic wrappers. Fruit and vegetables come with natural wrapping already.
  • Seek out alternative (reuse) delivery models for everyday household products. Soaps, laundry detergent, shampoos etc. Companies similar to co.uk
  • Don’t buy water in plastic bottles! Remember bottled water companies don’t produce water, they produce plastic bottles.
  • Do not support take out restaurants that serve food in single use plastic. Eat in or bring your own containers.
  • Buy eggs in cardboard boxes, rather than plastic boxes.

2021 Player Awards

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that we will be holding a 2021 Players Awards dinner at the AJ Bell Stadium on Wednesday 22nd September, sponsored by the Dog and Partridge.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our events calendar has taken a big hit this year and many of you have not got as close to the team as you have in previous years. However, after consideration and discussions with the football department, the Player Awards is something we can all look forward to after the season has finished.

We will soon be asking for your votes on Try of the Year on Twitter, and the Supporters’ Trust will be asking for your votes on a number of awards.

The evening is strictly over 18s and will start at 7pm. There will be a 2-course dinner, followed by the awards ceremony. Dress to impress, or smart/casual.

Prices are £35, or just £25 if you are a SquadBuilder. You can purchase tickets online here (charges apply) or by calling the stadium on 0161 786 1574.

If you wish to be seated with friends, please book at the same time or onto the same table number. This can be done via the ticket office if you struggle online. Tickets are limited and must be purchased before 18th September 2021.

Please note, navigating the website can be difficult, so if you select more than one ticket on the left-hand side, you must scroll down and confirm on the right-hand side.*

MATCH REPORT | CASTLEFORD TIGERS 29-18 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

A quite depleted Salford Red Devils side fell to a 29-18 defeat against Castleford Tigers at St James’ Park this afternoon, in the 2021 Dacia Magic Weekend opener.

After Andy Ackers and Jack Ormondroyd picked up knocks in Monday’s victory over Hull FC, Salford went into today’s fixture with an injury list in double figures, with Harvey Livett also pulling out in the warm-up with a calf injury.

Paul McShane put Cas ahead after 10 minutes, fainting a pass to open up the Salford defence and free up some space for him to power through.

Salford responded four minutes later through Ken Sio down the right, Tui Lolohea drawing a number of Cas players in before feeding Super League’s leading try scorer to cut inside and go over.

The Tigers took the lead once more four minutes later, McShane involved again as the number 9 fed Daniel Smith, who rolled his shoulders and crashed over to the left of the sticks.

In the 25th minute, quick hands down the left set Joe Burgess up to stroll over in the corner and get Salford back in the contest.

Oliver Holmes powered over shortly before the interval however, meaning Daryl Powell’s men went into the break with a small lead.

Halftime: Castleford Tigers 16-12 Salford Red Devils

The Tigers were first on the scoreboard once more in the second half, former Red Devil Jordan Turner going over down the left.

Two minutes before the hour mark, Ata Hingano picked up his first Salford try, throwing a dummy pass and wriggling over to the left of the sticks after repeat sets broke down the Cas defence.

Peter Mata’utia secured the win for Castleford with seven minutes to go, worming his way through a gap in the Salford line to end any hopes of a comeback for the Red Devils.

Turner added another point to the Tigers’ lead just before the final hooter with a drop-goal.

Salford’s next game comes on Saturday 11th September, kick-off 3pm, against Warrington Wolves. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Fulltime: Castleford Tigers 29-18 Salford Red Devils

Castleford Tigers: Evalds, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Clare, Mata’utia, Turner, Griffin, McShane, Smith, Sene-Leffao, Holmes, Milner, Foster, Hepi, Matagi.

Castleford tries: McShane, Smith, Holmes, Turner, Mata’utia

Castleford goals: Mata’utia (4/5)

Salford tries: Sio, Burgess, Hingano

Salford goals: Inu (3/3)

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Salford welcome first three players through Wales RL partnership

Salford Red Devils are delighted to welcome the first three players through our Wales RL partnership.
Ieuan Roberts, Jake Lee and Joe Coope-Franklin will join the club’s Reserve Squad for 2022. Ieuan, Jacob and Joseph visited the AJ Bell Stadium yesterday to meet key club staff and tour the stadium, in advance of their move to the North West next month.
The players will join the Reserve Squad for pre-season training, combining their rugby development with their studies at the University of Central Lancashire.  They have been identified by Paul Rowley, Stuart Wilkinson and Ian Blease during national training camps and their performances within the Wales International Pathway programme.
Paul Trainor, Executive Director of the club said “We are really pleased to welcome Ieuan, Jake and Joe to the club. They have greatly impressed Paul, Stuart and Ian during their visits to Wales. It was great to meet the lads and their families to discuss the plans that will be in place for when they join the Reserve set up for pre-season.”
Paul Rowley, Head of Talent and Pathways said: “Our Welsh partnership has gone from strength to strength and these boys are another example of that.
“From talent identification and development by Stu Wilkinson to housing and educational support by Paul Trainor, these boys have been given a wonderful opportunity to continue the tradition of Welsh stars pulling on the Salford jersey.
“We have complete confidence that each of the lads have both the ability and strength of character to be successful RL players and are very confident these athletes will be the first of many as our work in Wales continues.”
Mark Jones, Head Coach of the Wales RL National Development Academy, added: “Coleg Cymoedd partnership with Salford Red Devils & Wales RL is truly flourishing and I am elated for Ieuan, Jake, Joe & Ryan who are the first players to come through this new rugby league pathway. They are a testament to all the hard work the Salford, Cymoedd & Wales RL staff have put in over the last 12 months.”

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 42-14 HULL FC | MONDAY 30TH AUGUST 2021

Four tries and a Man of the Match performance this afternoon in Round 22 of the Betfred Super League, helped Salford Red Devils breeze past Hull FC 42-14.

Marshall’s men were up against tough competition in what was their third game in only 8 days, but a dominant second half display ensured that the Red Devils responded well to their last two Super League defeats.

It was the visitors who took the lead however, Ligi Sao darting through a gap to ground the ball behind the sticks after four minutes.

Salford responded in the 13th minute after repeat sets wore the Hull FC defence down, allowing Ken Sio to go over in the right corner.

The visitors went back in front in the 25th minute through a Marc Sneyd penalty-goal, after Salford were penalised for a high tackle.

Four minutes before halftime, Ken Sio picked up his second try of the afternoon through a well-worked effort from Dan Sarginson on the left flank to find the number 2, who was out wide down the right, with a kick that Sio collected before slicing the Hull defence with a grubber kick and getting onto the end of it.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 12-8 Hull FC

The Black and Whites struck first again in the second half, taking the lead once more but this time through Danny Houghton, who was first to a Sneyd grubber kick behind the posts.

Just before the hour mark, Tui Lolohea earned Salford a set restart metres out from FC’s try-line, and Chris Atkin caught the visitors napping and scurried over from dummy half.

In the 67th minute, Salford struck again. Joe Burgess was first to a high kick in the in-goal area and batted the ball back, on the last, for Harvey Livett to collect and ground to the left of the sticks.

Minutes later, Burgess scored a try of his own, darting down the left wing after quick hands from the Red Devils to work the ball out wide created a route to the try-line for our number 5.

Sio completed his hat-trick two minutes later, catching a looping ball from Tui L0lohea before cutting back inside and powering through two Hull FC players to score down the right.

Three clearly was not enough though for Sio, who rounded off a fantastic performance with a length-of-the-field try just before the hooter.

Today’s result puts Salford in good stead for our Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Castleford Tigers this Saturday, with tickets available HERE.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 42-14 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Sarginson, Burgess, Lolohea, Hingano, Ormondroyd, Johnson, Robson, Burke, Luckley, Roberts, Lannon, Addy.

Salford tries: Sio (4) Atkin, Livett, Burgess.

Salford goals: Inu (7/7)

Hull FC tries: Sao, Houghton

Hull FC goals: Sneyd (3/3)

Referee: S. Mikalauskas

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 14-42 CATALANS DRAGONS | THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST 2021

Salford Red Devils were beaten 14-42 from league leaders Catalans Dragons tonight – a scoreline that arguably did not reflect the valiant effort put in by Marshall’s men.

The French took the lead after 10 minutes, Benjamin Jullien sliding over to the left of the sticks after the Dragons found a gap in the Salford defence.

Seven minutes later, Salford went agonisingly close to responding with a try of their own, but Rhys Williams’ pass to Dan Sarginson fell just behind him, with our number 23 set for a walk-in in the left corner.

Jullien picked up his second try of the evening in the 27th minute, collecting a dropped ball down the middle and running half the field to ground the ball to the left of the sticks once more.

Two minutes later, Mickael Goudemand powered over for the league leaders, this time the French going through down the right.

In the 37th minute, Salford were on the scoreboard and it was Harvey Livett who slid over down the left after some quick hands from a number of Salford players stretched the Dragons’ defence.

This try was cancelled out right before the halftime hooter, however, as Sam Kasiano powered over and gave James Maloney a simple conversion directly in front of the sticks.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 6-22 Catalans Dragons

The Reds came out revitalised in the second forty and scored the first try of the half in the 43rd minute. Chris Atkin sent a neat grubber kick down the left that was booted further forward for Dan Sarginson to dive on to the left of the sticks.

Three minutes later, Catalans’ Michael Mcilorum saw yellow for a dangerous tackle.

Salford thought they had scored another just five minutes after Sarg had gone over, but Morgan Escare’s try in the right corner was ruled out for obstruction, Krisnan Inu the apparent culprit according to referee Liam Moore.

Maloney extended the visitors’ lead in the 50th minute with a penalty conversion, received for a high tackle in front of Salford’s sticks.

Tom Davies wormed over in the right corner in the 57th minute and ten minutes later, Sam Tomkins was first to a high ball and was therefore able to feed Joe Chan who dived over in the left corner.

With nine minutes to go, Man of the Match Escare did see a try stand, as he went over in the right corner.

As the final hooter approached, Salford went over again via Chris Atkin, but play was brought back by Liam Moore for offside.

Just before the game finished, Samisoni Langi crashed over down the left to add to Catalans points tally.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 14-42 Catalans Dragons

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Sarginson, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Johnson, Livett, Lannon, Burke, Luckley, Roberts, Robson, Addy.

Salford tries: Livett, Sarginson, Escare

Salford goals: Inu (1/3)

Catalans Dragons: Tomkins, Davies, Langi, Laguerre, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Dezaria, Mcilorum, Bousquet, Jullien, McMeeken, Goudemand, Mourgue, Cozza, Chan, Kasiano.

Catalans tries: Jullien (2), Goudemand, Kasiano, Davies, Tomkins, Langi.

Catalans goals: Maloney (7/8)

Referee: Liam Moore

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Ceremonial Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2021/2022

At tonight’s game against Catalans Dragons at the AJ Bell Stadium, there will be charity bucket collections for a number of charities that the new Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor John Mullen, is supporting during his term of office. They are all Salford Charities and mean a lot to the people of Salford.

Raising funds during these difficult times will be a challenge, but the Mayor is determined to do his very best to raise as much for these well deserving charities as possible.

The Mayor is will be holding regular online raffles throughout the year, and details can be found on his Facebook page ‘Salford Ceremonial Mayor’.

You can also donate directly to the appeal by visiting his page on the Salford Council website Ceremonial Mayor’s Charity Appeal • Salford City Council .  If you prefer, cheques made out to ‘Salford Ceremonial’ can be sent to: The Ceremonial Mayors Charity Appeal, Member Services, Salford City Council, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5AW, or email mayoralty@salford.gov.uk for more details on how to donate.

The Mayor would also welcome any support from local businesses who may be able to donate goods for use as raffle prizes etc, again please contact mayoralty@salford.gov.uk and a pick up can be arranged.

Once restrictions are relaxed the Mayor looks forward to getting out to promote the charity appeal, and to meet as many community groups, volunteers, frontline and other workers that have helped us through these difficult times.

The Andrew Cooke Music Award Trust and Memorial Fund

This charity helps all children across the city to afford to buy and afford tutoring of a musical instrument. Music has been proven to help children socially, build confidence, teaches discipline, and helps them to express themselves. Most importantly learning to play a musical instrument gives children enjoyment and the opportunity of learning a new skill.

The Salfordian
Situated in Southport and built by Salford Council in 1963 to provide a refuge for residents and their carers, with 24-hour on call support. Today, the hotel is run by the Salfordian Trust and caters mainly for older Salford residents and less mobile visitors but they also welcome other guests. The Salfordian helps those people by giving them the opportunity for much needed respite and a chance to enjoy a popular holiday destination knowing that their care needs will always be catered for.

Salford by the Sea

Situated on the main coast road between Prestatyn & Rhyl, The Salford Children’s Holiday Camp was established in 1926, left by bequest, to the children of Salford.

Since then it has provided a holiday home to over 80,000 Salford children from all walks of life! Its purpose has always been to provide affordable holidays to Salford children.  Formany disadvantaged children, their holiday at the camp was often the first and only time they saw the sea, earning its nicknames ‘Salford by the Sea’ and ‘The Jam Butty Camp.’