RHYS WILLIAMS ‘THRILLED’ TO SCORE AGAINST LIONS

New signing Rhys Williams was ‘thrilled’ to score in his first runout of 2020, as the Red Devils recorded a 52-4 victory over Swinton Lions.

Introduced for the second-half at the AJ Bell Stadium, it took Williams 28 minutes to claim his first try in a Salford shirt.

The Welsh international said: “I was thrilled to get it over the line. I think the main thing was that I came out of the game unscathed, it being the first game after an injury.

“Obviously I wanted to play well, I felt like I contributed well, so overall I’m pretty happy.

“We’ve been working very hard. I think the first few games are a little bit scratchy with new combinations.

“No matter how hard you train, when you come to a game it’s a slightly different tempo. I think we’ll just build over the next few weeks.

“Things are in the right place to kick on, and I think we’ll certainly do that next week.”

After a brief loan spell at Salford in 2013, Williams signed for the Red Devils on a permanent basis at the end of last season, alongside his former London Broncos teammates Luke Yates and Elliot Kear.

“When we all got over the line and signed together it was a bit of a funny one, because you probably don’t get so many from the same team going to a different club,” said Williams.

“I’ve played with Kear for ten years now and I made my debut for Wales with Gil. When we did that, Watto was the half-back, so coming to the club having known a few people made that transition a lot easier.”

Former Wales international and current Salford Red Devils head coach, Ian Watson, shares the record with Williams, for the highest number of senior appearances for the Welsh national team.

On working with Watson, Williams said: “I just want to work for good, hard-working people, and Watto is certainly that.

“He wants to win, he’s a good person and a good coach. It’s easy to work for someone who holds those attributes.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, Salford host Leigh Centurions at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Williams said: “They’ve obviously got a strong team, with a few old faces from London and Salford.

“It’s never easy going up against Leigh, so it’ll be tough, but it’ll be the right kind of game for us.”

Tickets for the match are available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office, by calling 0161 786 1570, or online HERE.

To see Williams in action throughout 2020, you can still purchase a Salford Red Devils Season from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office, by calling 0161 786 1570, or online HERE.

Written By: Luke Wallworth