Category: Rugby

MATTY COSTELLO REUNITES WITH RICHARD MARSHALL

Matty Costello has reunited with Richard Marshall at Salford Red Devils.

The 22-year-old arrives from St Helens on a three-year contract, and will link up with the newly appointed Red Devils boss ahead of next season.

Costello said: “I’m pleased to be joining up with Rich again. He did a lot with me at St Helens and brought us on there. We had a meeting now we’ve both joined Salford and I’m sure he’ll be looking to do the same here.

“There’s a lot of players with international experience in the backs as well, so I’m sure I will learn from how they train and play too.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Salford. They’ve been tight games where the crowd has been really loud, so I can’t wait to experience more of that next season.”

Costello, who plays as a fullback, winger, or centre, made his Super League debut for St Helens in 2018, when he also won Championship Young Player of the Year with an impressive loan spell at Sheffield Eagles.

Marshall said: “Having worked with Matty a lot over the last two years, I’m really pleased to be working with him again.

“His versatility makes him a valuable asset for the squad and he showed what he is already capable of with some impressive performances this season.

“This is a new challenge for him, so he will have to knuckle down in preseason and force his way into an established backline.”

The signing of Costello follows recent announcements that Joe Burgess and Sam Luckley have joined the squad ahead of the 2021 campaign.

Supporters can get behind Salford’s new recruits, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the team in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “The addition of Matty strengthens our squad as a whole and provides options in a number of areas.

“He is a talented young player, who is still developing, but has already tasted success and is hungry for more.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Costello, or another member of the 2021 squad, please email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL JOINS RED DEVILS

Scotland international Sam Luckley has signed for Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 season.

The signing of the 24-year-old on a two-year contract, follows Friday’s announcement that Joe Burgess has been added to the Red Devils ranks for next season.

Luckley said: “I can’t wait for preseason. Doing sessions with the quality of players here at Salford will help bring the best out of me.

“I’ve had insight into that with Scotland, seeing what the top players do and I’m looking forward to spending more time in that kind of environment.

“I’m going to work hard for my opportunities, and I know I need to be consistent throughout the year to put myself forward for a World Cup place.”

Luckley has been a key player for Newcastle Thunder in recent seasons and had been due to represent Ottawa Aces in 2021, before their deferral on entry into the league structure.

Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall said: “Sam is determined to take this opportunity with both hands.

“He is excited to make the step up to this level and playing and training alongside our experienced players in the forwards will help him unlock more of his potential.”

Supporters can get behind Salford’s new recruit, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch Luckley and his new teammates in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “We’re pleased to give Sam this opportunity, to prove he is capable of stepping up to the elite level.

“He has been a standout individual, while playing consistently in the lower divisions and earned an international call up as a result.

“Now he has set out to develop further and become a Super League player. This is the best environment for him to achieve that.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Luckley, or another member of the 2021 squad, please email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

JOE BURGESS BECOMES FIRST PLAYER TO WEAR NEW SALFORD SHIRT

Joe Burgess has joined Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 campaign.

The England international became the first player to wear the new Red Devils home shirt, which he will play in throughout next season.

Burgess said: “This is a big step for me to make sure I get in next year’s England squad. I’ve got a new set of teammates, so I need to fit myself in and do my best for them.

“The halfbacks here have got a lot of knowledge of the game, so hopefully that can bring the best out of me.

“There are some of the other lads who I know already. I’ve missed Sarg (Dan Sarginson). He’s a big character on and off the field, so I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

He added: “I’ve always enjoyed playing against Salford, especially when their travelling fans have created that great atmosphere, so hopefully we can have them back at the start of next season.”

The signing of the 26-year-old on a three-year contract, follows announcements earlier this week, that Richard Marshall has been appointed as the new Salford Red Devils head coach and Greg Burke has committed his future to the Club.

Marshall said: “Joe is an exceptional talent, who’s consistently proven himself to be one of the most prolific wingers in the competition.

“He brings even more quality to our outside-backs and crucially offers a wealth of big-game experience, despite still having the best years of his career ahead of him.”

Supporters can get behind Salford’s new recruit, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch Burgess and his new teammates in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Supporters can also join Burgess in wearing the 2021 home shirt, by purchasing online from Wild Thang.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “Joe is a natural athlete and a born winner.

“His ambition is clear and like a number of our players, his sights are firmly on producing his best next season, to ensure he is at the front of the queue for a place at the World Cup.

“Securing the services of a player with Joe’s standing in the game, as he approaches the peak years of his career, is a clear marker of this squad’s continued progression.”

Joe Burgess will be sponsored by Pete’s Plumbing and Bathroom’s throughout the 2021 season. If you are interested in sponsoring another member of the squad, please email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

GREG BURKE TO STAY AT SALFORD

Greg Burke will stay at Salford Red Devils, after signing a two-year contract extension.

In his first two full seasons at the AJ Bell Stadium, Burke appeared in the Betfred Super League Grand Final and the Coral Challenge Cup Final. That is an impressive record with the Red Devils, which he will now look to carry into next season and beyond.

Burke said: “To do what we’ve done in two years has been unreal.

“We’ve gone from the middle-eights to reaching the Grand Final and the Challenge Cup Final and now we’ve got to keep competing.

He added: “I’ve had some great memories here. I remember that semi-final win at Wigan felt like a home game, especially when the fans cheered at Mossop going over.

“That’s something that will stay with me forever, so we’re really excited to have them back with us next year.”

The news of this extension follows yesterday’s announcement that Richard Marshall has been appointed as the new Salford Red Devils head coach, on a two-year contract.

Marshall said: “Greg’s a tough, resilient player, who’s proved himself to be an asset with ball in hand.

“From the reports I’ve had, he’s also the kind of character that every club needs, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Supporters can get behind both of them, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch Marshall’s side in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Elsewhere in the pack, it was also confirmed recently that Sebastine Ikahihifo will join up with the squad once again in 2021.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “Greg came here with a point to prove and has become an important part of our group.

“This season, I think he’s really shown how much he contributes when the team is under pressure, particularly in those tight Challenge Cup ties.

“He’s one of the personalities that has helped us build the constructive environment we have here, so we’re really pleased that both he and the Club will now continue to grow together, over the next couple of years.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Burke, or another member of the 2021 squad, is advised to email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

MARSHALL APPOINTED NEW HEAD COACH

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Marshall as head coach.

Marshall joins from St Helens, where he was part of consecutive Betfred Super League Grand Final victories, as assistant to two different head coaches.

Marshall said: “I’m really excited about joining the Club. I’ve been really impressed by the organisation and everyone I’ve met.

“The ambition of the Club aligns with my own, which makes this a perfect role for me.

“I learned a lot in recent years, from Justin Holbrook and Kristian Woolf at St Helens and as a head coach in my own right, so I think I’ve got the skills necessary to be successful.

“Now, I can’t wait to meet all the players and get stuck into preseason.”

The 45-year-old has also been assistant coach at Warrington Wolves and received plaudits during his time as a head coach in the Championship, after taking part-timers Halifax to three top-four finishes.

Supporters can get behind Marshall and his new team, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch them in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “Richard has really impressed us, and it’s already clear that he has bought into the vision of the Club.

“He joins us from a successful club with a winning culture, having won two consecutive grand finals during his time at St Helens.

“While he was a head coach, he also proved his ability to build a team and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can achieve with us.”

2021 START DATE CONFIRMED

The Betfred Super League 2021 season will start on March 11, with the Betfred Super League Grand Final to be played on October 9 at Old Trafford.

Salford Red Devils season tickets for the 2021 campaign are now on sale.

The later season start date is a result of the impact of Covid-19 on the extended 2020 campaign and the desire of Super League clubs to give players a much-needed period of recovery and a full pre-season.

Dacia Magic Weekend also makes a welcome return to the 2021 calendar. It will be played at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on 29/30 May.

Clubs will play 13 home fixtures in a 27-game Regular Season, including the Dacia Magic Weekend. The later start results in a repeat of the six-team play-off format used in 2020.

Super League Executive chairman Robert Elstone said: “With our players performing at the highest level, late into November, it is important that we give our players time to recover and prepare properly for the 2021 campaign.

“Many of them will be looking to force themselves into the selection decisions for the Rugby League World Cup and pre-season will be a key part of their plans.

“What is also clear with the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 is that a later start date gives us a better chance of playing more games in front of fans in 2021.”

Fixtures for the 2021 Betfred Super League season will be released in January season tickets are on sale now. Click HERE for further details.

MARLON BILLY COMMITS TO RED DEVILS

Player welfare and team manager Marlon Billy has committed his long-term future to Salford Red Devils, following the conclusion of his first full season with the Club.

Since joining in September 2019, Billy has provided essential support for players and staff, in relation to their lives on and off the field.

Billy said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Club so far. We’ve got a great group of players and there’s a real family feel.

“It’s been a dream to be part of some big occasions with them and it’s made us all hungry for more.

“All of us want to win and I look to help out with the pressure of that and the impact it can have.

“Now we’re after continued success, to build up the Club further.”

The spotlight has been firmly on the squad since Billy’s arrival, with appearances in the Betfred Super League Final at Old Trafford and the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Red Devils captain Lee Mossop said: “Marlon has a really important role and he’s got the kind of character that makes him a great bloke to have around the place.

“He’s someone who’s massively respected by the players and I think that’s crucial.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “Securing Marlon long-term is really important for the way in which his role operates.

“He’s been a great asset to us since joining last year, with his professionalism and natural ability to develop relationships. More than that though, his enthusiasm is infectious an everyone will be delighted to have him with us going forward.”

Supporters can get behind the Club ahead of the next campaign, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the team in action. Further details can be found HERE.

DAN SARGINSON EXTENDS SALFORD STAY

Dan Sarginson has committed himself to Salford Red Devils until the end of the 2023 season, with a two-year contract extension.

After an impressive debut campaign with the Red Devils, supporters will be excited to see the England international in action at the AJ Bell Stadium again, next season and beyond.

Sarginson said: “We’re building something special here, so it was an easy choice to sign for a few more years.

“The extensions of Lee (Mossop) and (Luke) Yatesy were massive for us and hopefully with us now tied in, it helps draw in other players.

“This year’s been about me giving my best for the boys every week, but now going into my second year, I’ll look to have even more of an influence and build on that role.”

The 27-year-old played a key part in the Red Devils’ journey to the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final but was ruled out of the showpiece event while self-isolating.

Sarginson added: “I was gutted to miss out on Wembley this year, so hopefully we can be in another major final next season and the Challenge Cup would be perfect.”

This extension follows last week’s announcement that Sebastine Ikahihifo will join up with the squad once again in 2021.

Supporters can get behind both of them, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the pair in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “A lot of this season’s new additions had a big impact, but Dan has been a standout player within the competition as a whole.

“Getting him secured has been one of our key targets and that’s why I was thrilled by how eager he was to commit to the Club going forward.

“He already showed us his dedication on the field this season. Then he showed us his professionalism, with support for the team when he was ruled out of the final. This display of loyalty tells me he is exactly the kind of character that can help us grow even further.

“On the back of our captain’s new deal, this extension is another which adds to a core group of players that strengthen the foundation of our squad.

“Having individuals like Dan, who are excited to wear the new badge with pride and honour, is what inspires others and will make us successful.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Sarginson, or another member of the 2021 squad, is advised to email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

Sebastine Ikahihifo to return in 2021

Sebastine Ikahihifo will join Salford Red Devils on a season long loan from Huddersfield Giants once again in 2021.

After helping the team reach a Coral Challenge Cup Final in his debut campaign with the Red Devils, supporters will be excited to see the former Super League Dream Team prop in action at the AJ Bell Stadium again next season.

Ikahihifo said: “I’m really looking forward to another year here. I got my mental confidence back this season and I’m playing my game.

“I’ve never been in a team environment where there are so many uplifting personalities.

“In the middles we have Moose and he’s a great leader, always aggressive in defence and attack, and everyone listens when he speaks. He’s one of the best captains I’ve played with.”

He added: “We all give each other energy in the pack, off the back of each other’s carries.

“It will be great to have the crowd back to cheer us though. Hearing them really gives you a lift.”

Ikahihifo joins his former Giants teammate Oliver Roberts on loan with the Red Devils once again for the 2021 season, following their recent contract extensions.

Supporters can get behind them both, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the pair in action. Further details can be found HERE.

Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “We’ve been really impressed by the way Seb’s applied himself with us this season.

“He recaptured the level of performance which made him one of the competition’s most effective front-rowers and showcased a determination which helped carry us to Wembley.

“I was excited when we first brought him in and I’m sure all supporters can see why from his displays on the field, but what impressed me just as much, has been his contribution to our environment.

“On Oliver Roberts’ first day, I remember Seb made sure he was introduced to his new teammates, but also took him over to all the members of staff and introduced him to them.

“It’s that kind of character that we want involved at our club and I would therefore like to thank Richard Thewlis at Huddersfield for working with me on this deal.”

Sebastine Ikahihifo will be sponsored by Sparta Lightning services once again in 2021. Anyone interested in sponsoring other members of the 2021 squad, is advised to email: hannah.kilby@salfordreddevils.net

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Tui Lolohea “We can definitely take confidence out of that”

Tongan superstar Tui Lolohea is excited for 2021 with Salford Red Devils and believes they will build even further on the achievements they have picked up over the past couple of seasons. 

Battling relegation just four years ago, Salford have reached two major final appearances in 12 months, following the arrival of Lolohea.

Lolohea said: “I think Salford have gone to another place in the last couple of years – not fighting from the bottom, but in that mid to top range which is where you want to be hitting.

“I think we’re heading in the right direction. We’re going up, not down, which is good for a club.”

Season tickets for 2021 are already on sale and he halfback has identified the start of the campaign as key.

“I think if we started this season even a game or two better, we’d probably be in the running for this top six,” Lolohea said.

“I think it’s important at the beginning, if you can get some points in early and hold on, you’re in a good place to head towards that final series.”

The Red Devils had a great end to the season, with some big wins against the likes of Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves, results that the 25-year-old wants to build on in 2021.

“We can definitely take confidence out of that,” added Lolohea.

“We played Wigan after that Challenge Cup Final and we got belted and it didn’t show what we were about.

“I think we learned a lesson from that and we won our next few games, which shows we can bounce back from those sort of things we’ve just got to do it more consistently.”

On a personal level, the Tongan had an impressive end to the year with a handful of tries and assists, form he is hoping to build on come nest season.

“I want to be better every year,” said Lolohea.

“Next year is obviously World Cup year as well, so I want to be playing the best footy I can leading into that World Cup, to give my country the best opportunity by performing the best I can.”

Supporters can get behind Lolohea and his teammates, by purchasing their 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the team next year. Further details can be found HERE.