Tag: 2021 Betfred Super League

Mossop – “We’ve got a really good balance this year”

Salford Red Devils captain Lee Mossop is confident going into the new 2021 Betfred Super League season and has been impressed with what new head coach Richard Marshall has brought to the squad.

The Red Devils face a tough test against back-to-back reigning champions St Helens but go in off the back of a great pre-season following big changes at the AJ Bell Stadium over the winter.

And following the recent friendly win over Wigan Warriors, Mossop was full of praise for the new head coach in his work both on the training field and in his player dealings as well.

Mossop said: “If I am being really honest, this is probably the best squad we’ve had.

“You look at our outside backs, there are some pretty impressive players who will miss out this week just because of the competition in that position.

“I think we’ve got a really good balance this year with our squad and hopefully if we can keep people fit then we should go decent.

“I’ve been lucky enough this pre-season that I’ve done more wrestling contact than I ever have in the last five/six years so I just can’t wait to start.”

With the Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, this season is a big one for the Red Devils’ captain, as he looks to force himself back into the England squad, having been part of the team that finished third on home soil back in 2013.

“I played in the 2013 World Cup, that was probably my best season as a player, won the double with Wigan, signed an NRL contract, played in the World Cup and I had a pretty swift fall from grace” Mossop said.

“I had horrible shoulder injuries and I went from the top to the very bottom and I struggled for form for a few years.

“I feel in the last couple of seasons, I think I am playing better than when I was picked in 2013.

“I am getting to the back end of my career. I want nothing more than to get back into that international set-up and hopefully I can push for that this year.”

You can help Mossop and the team push for success in 2021 by purchasing a season ticket here.

Written by: Will Dickson

Season opener promises to be solid test for Marshall’s men

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is looking forward to an “exciting time for the club” ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League opener against St Helens on Friday.

Marshall will take charge of his first competitive game since becoming head coach at the AJ Bell Stadium, with a mouth-watering clash in store against back-to-back champions Saints.

And following a successful pre-season, capped off with a win against 2020 Grand-Finalists Wigan Warriors, the Red Devils boss is pleased with what he has seen from his players.

Marshall said: “I have been welcomed with open arms.

‘There has been a lot of changes at the club, obviously coaches, staff, players. But with change comes freshness, new ideas and invigorated players.

“We have had a wonderful pre-season, getting to know the group, the strengths, the weaknesses, where we can improve as a team and being collaborative in our approach to the game.

“This is a new team, we will probably have six or seven players making their debut for the club on the weekend and it will take time for us to gel as a team – learn each other’s nuances – but at the same time we just want to throw them out there and go against the best team in the country.

“I’m looking forward to improving each and every individual at this club.”

Whilst the Red Devils face a tough task against the reigning champions, Marshall is eagerly anticipating the challenge that lies ahead.

“We want to improve on last year,” stated Marshall.

“We know it will be difficult against St Helens but at the same time it is a challenge we are going to relish.

“Going up against the current champions on Friday is really exciting and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

You can support Marshall and his men in 2021 by purchasing a season ticket HERE, or by phoning the ticket office on 0161 786 1570.

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Written by: Will Dickson

Head coach happy with selection headache ahead of season opener

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is relishing the headache of nailing down a 17-man squad for the season opener against St. Helens next week. 

Marshall was impressed by his side’s performance during Salford’s pre-season friendly against Wigan Warriors, with the focus on players improving their all-round game and playing outside of their comfort zone.

Speaking after the friendly win, Marshall said: “We’ve looked at a certain amount of players in different positions today.

“We don’t want to look at people and pigeonhole and stereotype. We want players who are multi-faceted – can offload, can step off both feet, can pass both ways, and can tackle off both shoulders.”

Marshall has been testing his team in different positions to also help each player understand the role and importance of another.

“That’s how we’ve practised and how we’ve trained. Sometimes the players think you’re bonkers moving people around and practising,” Marshall added.

“But in my experience if you’re trying to develop a team, you have to understand and have an empathy of what other players in other positions have to do.

“When you get that empathy within there, I think it really galvanises you as a team.”

With Salford opening the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign a week on Friday against Saints, Marshall’s focus now turns to the difficult task of selecting his squad to face the reigning champions.

“We’re not quite sure but what we do know is that we’ve got players who can play in multiple positions.

“What a great dilemma for us as coaches to have.”

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A MESSAGE TO OUR 2021 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Following the full fixture list announcement for Super League 2021, the Club would like to address to you our plan going forward as we prepare for the likely return of fans to games.

With fans not expected to be allowed back into venues until May 17th, the first six Super League rounds will be behind-closed-doors (BCD) fixtures. Season ticket holders will be able to watch all Salford home and away BCD games via the Our League app and codes will be distributed in due course. All BCD fixtures will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

We understand that missing three home games is not ideal and we feel the need to thank you all for staying loyal, renewing your memberships and helping keep your club afloat during these extreme times. That’s why we will be offering all season ticket holders a free Dacia Magic Weekend ticket and for your name to be placed on a special edition shirt to be released ahead of the 2022 season.

Looking ahead to the likely return of fans and considering the limited capacity rule that the Government will be implementing, priority sequencing for restricted access games is as follows:

1. Season Ticket holders & Squad Builder members

2. Season Ticket holders only

3. Squad Builder members only

4. Open Ballot

We would love to have as many of our fans back in the stands as soon as possible and we hope that we can allow more of you in as and when COVID-19 restrictions lighten.

Now more than ever purchasing a season ticket will reap its rewards, as not only will you be bumped up the priority list for access to games, but you will also be entered into a draw for a “money can’t buy” experience, every time we hit a milestone in our season ticket sales.

There will be 13 draws with 13 fantastic rewards on offer every time a milestone is met.

The reward for each milestone in order is shown below:

1. Matchball sponsorship for Hull FC game

2. Home director seat for 2 for Leigh Centurions BCD fixture

3. Home director seat for 2 for Castleford Tigers BCD fixture

4. Match worn shirt presented by player post game*

5. Box for you and four friends for home game against Wigan*

6. Away day as a director for two*

7. Inside Salford – a day with the media team*

8. Lunch with the players in the Players’ Lounge*

9. Place in 2022 team photo in training kit that you can keep*

10. Home visit Q&A with head coach and players*

11. Preseason training session with team for a community club/school of your choice*

12. Travel and accommodation for two for Catalans Dragons away 2022

13. Free weekend at Salford’s next major final appearance

*subject to COVID-19 restrictions and measurements being in place

There will be several other rewards and opportunities throughout the season for you to be involved in, so make sure you purchase a season ticket to stay in the loop!

Again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you for your continued support in what has been a challenging year for everyone. We wanted to show that your loyalty to the Club is extremely appreciated and we hope to see as many of you in the stands as soon as it is safe.

Aspey – “I made sure I gave everything one hundred percent”

Salford Red Devils youngster Connor Aspey has signed a one-year deal with the first team following his two-month trial. 

A product of the youth system, Aspey has signed for the 2021 Betfred Super League season following a two-month trial funded by the Supporters’ Trust and is pleased his efforts have paid off.

The 18-year-old said: “I just had the mentality to do my best in everything that I did.

“I couldn’t be slacking on anything, even if it’s just jogging in or getting onside. I made sure I gave everything one hundred percent.”

Despite the hard work that has been required from him, Aspey is enjoying preseason under new head coach Richard Marshall and the Club’s new head of Strength & Conditioning Gareth Whittaker.

“It’s been good but tough, especially with Gaz (Gareth) coming in, the new conditioner, it’s quite different from what we’ve been used to,” Aspey added.

“Rich really cracks down on your skill, so he’s getting all of us better with the ball.”

The hooker also spoke about how training with the more experienced players has helped him improve his game.

Aspey said: “It’s good having them there, especially if you need to ask something or you need tipping up on something they’ll always help.

“Especially Andy Ackers as well, he’s obviously a hooker like myself and he’s always giving me little tips and helping me out along the way.”

With Paul Rowley appointed as the Club’s first head of rugby development, talent & pathways recently, the focus is on seeing more young, local players break into the first team.

Coming through the academy ran by Salford Red Devils Foundation before stepping into the reserves grade in 2020, Aspey is a prime example of how Salford are investing in youth following the signing of his contract.

“I think it’s important to get that youth up and going, a lot of young lads go missing.

“I just think the youngsters like myself need to work our hardest, do the best we can and show what we’ve got when we play.”

The hooker made his debut for Salford against Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League last season and is hoping to build on that in 2021.

Aspey added: “I just want to get some appearances, especially in Super League this year.

“I want to get some games under my belt and show people what I can do.”

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 2 FIXTURE ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils will face off against Hull FC over the Easter weekend in Round 2 of the 2021 Betfred Super League. 

The behind-closed-doors game will be contested at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 3rd April and will be one of six matches that weekend to be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Easter weekend fixtures will be in support of Mose Masoe, with full details on how fans can get behind Masoe in showing their support closer to the start of the season.

Super League Executive Chairman, Robert Elstone said: “Mose Masoe’s remarkable spirit and determination provides inspiration for all us.

“As he moves into the next phase of his life and continues his rehabilitation, it is fitting that Super League clubs, players and fans thank Mose for everything he has given to the game, and help support him and his family in the future.”

The “traditional” Easter weekend fixtures will be pushed back to a later stage of the season in the hope that fans will then be able to watch them in person.

The full fixture list for the 2021 Betfred Super League season will be released on 26th February.

Looking ahead to the Round 2 fixture, Salford did the double over the Black & Whites in the league in 2020 and will be hoping to carry that record over into the new season.

Subscribe to RDTV to rewatch the last time we played Hull FC in the league, and get behind the Red Devils by purchasing your own 2021 replica away shirt.

Richard Marshall – “We’re all pulling in the same direction”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is enjoying his first preseason at the AJ Bell Stadium with his new squad. 

The head coach is pleased to see both staff and players gelling well and believes it is fundamental that everyone involved in the Salford camp are on the same page.

Marshall said: “The players are really buying into everything that we’re doing.

“We’ve got a really good camaraderie within the group – the playing squad and the coaching staff – we’re all pulling in the same direction and I think that’s important.”

The head coach went on to talk about how he is enjoying working with his new side, who are certainly being put through their paces.

“What a great group the players are. They’re really enjoyable to work with – very receptive, clever, smart.

“There’s some challenges along the way as well, but that’s our jobs as coaches to make them better players and better people – we’re trying our hardest to do that.”

With confirmation now that Salford will be opening the 2021 Betfred Super League season against Marshall’s old side St. Helens, the head coach is looking forward to playing against familiar faces.

“It’s a great first round tie for us. I’m sure St. Helens are really excited about playing Salford,” Marshall said.

“We’ll be looking to start the season well and I’m sure they will as well.

“I’ve got some great friends there, they’ve got a great group.

“But I’m obviously at Salford now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m really pleased with the move and how everything is going here.”

With the new season approaching, Marshall is looking forward to hopefully being able to see as many Salford faces as possible in the stands.

“We’re all really excited for the season and hopefully our fans can get on board, everyone gets vaccinated and we can all get into the grounds again and enjoy our rugby league again.”

You can get on board by becoming a 2021 Squad Builder member or by purchasing a 2021 season ticket HERE.

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.