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ELLIOT KEAR TO JOIN BRADFORD BULLS

Salford Red Devils’ number 19 Elliot Kear will depart for Bradford Bulls at the end of the month.

A step down to the Betfred Championship where he will be able to continue playing rugby league part-time, will allow the 32-year-old to pursue a career as a fireman, preparing himself for life outside of the sport.

The Wales captain arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium from London Broncos prior to the 2020 Betfred Super League season, along with fellow countryman Rhys Williams.

Kear helped the Red Devils reach a Betfred Challenge Cup Final in his first season and has frequently featured for Salford this year under Richard Marshall, but the head coach respects and understands Kear’s decision.

Speaking on Kear’s departure, Marshall said: “Elliot has been fantastic to work with and coach and he is a character that will certainly be missed at the club.

“As a former player, I know that rugby league is a short career and this step down to competing on a part-time basis will allow Elliot to build a future outside of the sport.

He goes with our full support and I wish him and his family all the best for the future. He will always be part of the Salford family.”

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “When Elliot told me he would like to take up a new role in the Fire Brigade and explained the reasons why, I completely understood.

“As a club we aim to assist our players in their life and career journey post rugby league, so our decision to allow Elliot to leave is the perfect opportunity for him to now go and build his career off the pitch as well as playing part-time rugby.

“Elliot has been an absolute pleasure to work with and he will leave with my best wishes for the future for himself and his family.”

Magic Weekend | Watch Newcastle Thunder vs Bradford Bulls on Friday night

If you’re attending the Dacia Magic Weekend you can even catch some Rugby League on Friday evening by watching Newcastle Thunder take on Bradford Bulls in Betfred League One.
Bradford Bulls currently lead the way in Betfred League One while Newcastle Thunder – who’ve been on the rise in recent seasons – are pushing for a play-off spot sitting in 8th. The game is sure to be a cracker and the more fans from across the country creating an atmosphere at Kingston Park the better!
Tickets for the game are available to all Betfred Super League fans at £12 for adults and £5 for juniors, if they’re pre-booked on 0871 226 6060. Tickets on gameday cost £15.
Kingston Park Stadium is situated just north of the City and is on the main Airport Metro line. The metro is a region wide underground/train system with stations throughout the City Centre, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Shields and the coast. Kingston Park is served by two metro stations – Kingston Park and Bankfoot. Both are less than five minutes from the ground. Click here for direction.
Salford Red Devils will face Catalans Dragons at the Dacia Magic Weekend on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off.
Dacia Magic Weekend tickets in the Gallowgate End (Unreserved Seating) is still available from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, 2018 Season Ticket holders can get their tickets at half-price.
Coach travel is also available to book for the Dacia Magic Weekend at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. All coach pick-up points and times can be seen here.

Logan 100 | A breakdown of Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances

Logan Tomkins made his 100th appearance in the 32-16 victory over Catalans Dragons on Good Friday and became just the second member of the current squad to reach the landmark behind Junior Sa’u. Following this we’ve broken down all his 100 appearances for Salford and the key stats surrounding them.
Tomkins debuted for Salford against Bradford Bulls on 11th April 2014 in a 38-24 victory. The hooker had joined the Red Devils on a temporary basis on loan from fellow Betfred Super League Wigan Warriors before the move became permanent in 2016.
Tomkins has won 45 games whilst at Salford and lost 54. Tomkins has only been involved in one draw whilst playing for Salford which came in game 6 as the Red Devils battled from behind to draw 16-16 with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Logan has scored a total of six tries for Salford with half of these coming inside his first seventeen games for the Club. Tomkins has only managed to equal this total in the 83 since. However, 50% of his tries have come against the same opposition – Leeds Rhinos; the side Logan will play his 101st Salford Red Devils game against.
Tomkins’ most recent try came against Leeds in Round Two of the 2017 Betfred Super League at the Emerald Headingley Stadium. Five of Logan’s tries have come in the Betfred Super League while try number five came against Featherstone Rovers in the 2016 Qualifiers. This is currently Tomkins’ longest run without a try for Salford – currently totalled at a run of 33 games.
Of his 100 appearances for Salford, Logan has started 80 of them at hooker while coming on from the interchange bench on 20 occasions. His longest spell without an interchange appearance was between 25th March 2016 and 21st September 2017 starting 53 games – in which he was selected – at hooker. Tomkins has never been an interchange for more than seven consecutive games.
The hookers longest win-streak with the Red Devils came last season as he was involved in five consecutive Betfred Super League victories between 19th March and 14th April. Salford would match this streak a few weeks later however this time it would be in all competitions with the third of the five wins being a 30-6 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Wakefield Trinity.
Tomkins’ longest losing-streak for Salford unfortunately outweighs his winning-streak and came at the backend of the 2017 season suffering seven consecutive losses in all competitions.
Logan Tomkins has only featured in four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup matches for Salford. His first was a 20-30 loss back in the 2014 competition – just his 4th game for the Club – against Widnes. Last year he was involved in Challenge Cup wins against Hull Kingston Rovers and Wakefield Trinity before a semi-final loss – game 86 for Logan – to former Club Wigan Warriors, giving Logan a 50%-win rate in the competition for Salford.
Tomkins has also featured in two Qualifiers campaigns for the Red Devils at the end of both the 2015 and 2016 season and is an ever-present for Salford in the competition. Logan has nine wins and six losses in the Qualifiers. The infamous Million Pound Game was game 64 in the red of Salford for Tomkins.
The largest victory Logan has been involved in was a 70-16 win over Featherstone Rovers – his 61st game – in the 2016 Qualifiers – a game in which he scored, as previously mentioned. His largest defeat came at Leeds in 2015, 70-6 in his 25th game. The highest scoring match he’s been involved in totalled 87 points in game 31 as Salford beat Sheffield Eagles in the 2015 Qualifiers 53-34. The lowest scoring match was an 8-0 loss to Leeds Rhinos at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in 2016 in game 51.
Since debuting at Salford, Tomkins has featured against 18 different clubs. His most prominent opponents are Widnes Vikings whom he has faced 11 times while he has just one appearance against Halifax, Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs.
A full list of Logan Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances are below:

  1. Bradford Bulls 24-38 Salford – Odsal – Super League – April 11th 2014
  2. Salford 22-42 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 18th 2014
  3. Leeds Rhinos 32-4 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – April 21st 2014
  4. Salford 20-30 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – April 27th 2014
  5. Catalans Dragons 37-24 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – May 3rd 2014
  6. Salford 16-16 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 10th 2014
  7. Widnes Vikings 24-30 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – May 17th 2014
  8. Salford 4-25 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 22nd 2014
  9. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 30th 2014
  10. Salford 46-18 Bradford Bulls – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 15th 2014
  11. Warrington Wolves 36-20 Salford – Halliwell Jones – Super League – June 22nd 2014
  12. Castleford Tigers 14-10 Salford – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – June 28th 2014
  13. Salford 18-22 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 25th 2014
  14. Wigan Warriors 45-4 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – July 31st 2014
  15. Salford 34-22 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – August 15th 2014
  16. Wakefield Trinity 42-6 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – August 31st 2014
  17. Salford 58-26 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 7th 2014
  18. Salford 36-6 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 12th 2014
  19. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – June 5th 2015
  20. Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – June 14th 2015
  21. Wigan Warriors 19-12 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – June 19th 2015
  22. Hull Kingston Rovers 34-28 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – June 30th 2015
  23. Salford 18-14 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 5th 2015
  24. Salford 31-18 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 12th 2015
  25. Leeds Rhinos 6-70 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – July 17th 2015
  26. Widnes Vikings 21-20 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 26th 2015
  27. Salford 34-26 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 9th 2015
  28. Salford 46-18 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 16th 2015
  29. Bradford Bulls 41-10 Salford – Odsal – The Qualifiers – August 23rd 2015
  30. Halifax RLFC 50-28 Salford – The Mbi Shay – The Qualifiers – September 5th 2015
  31. Salford 53-34 Sheffield Eagles – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 13th 2015
  32. Widnes Vikings 10-24 Salford – Select Security Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 20th 2015
  33. Hull Kingston Rovers 46-22 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – The Qualifiers – September 27th 2015
  34. Hull FC 42-20 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – February 5th 2016
  35. Salford 44-10 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 11th 2016
  36. Salford 28-20 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 21st 2016
  37. Wigan Warriors 20-16 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – February 25th 2016
  38. Salford 30-31 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 3rd 2016
  39. Castleford Tigers 16-32 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – March 13th 2016
  40. Hull Kingston Rovers 44-30 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – March 20th 2016
  41. Salford 12-26 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 25th 2016
  42. Huddersfield Giants 24-26 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – March 28th 2016
  43. Wakefield Trinity 32-18 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League -April 2nd 2016
  44. Salford 14-10 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 9th 2016
  45. Catalans Dragons 42-32 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – April 23rd 2016
  46. Salford 44-26 Hull KR – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 30th 2016
  47. St Helens 34-20 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 13th 2016
  48. Salford 18-12 Widnes Vikings – St James’ Park – Super League – May 21st 2016
  49. Salford 38-8 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 27th 2016
  50. Salford 20-23 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 3rd 2016
  51. Leeds Rhinos 8-0 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – June 10th 2016
  52. Salford 30-31 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 17th 2016
  53. Salford 22-18 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 1st 2016
  54. Warrington Wolves 40-14 Salford – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Super League – July 7th 2016
  55. Widnes Vikings 24-32 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 15th 2016
  56. Salford 28-20 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 22nd 2016
  57. Salford 34-12 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 7th 2016
  58. Leigh Centurions 32-26 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – The Qualifiers – August 13th 2016
  59. Salford 12-29 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 19th 2016
  60. Leeds Rhinos 30-8 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 2nd 2016
  61. Salford 70-12 Featherstone Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 11th 2016
  62. Salford 16-19 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 17th 2016
  63. Batley Bulldogs 14-42 Salford – Fox’s Biscuit Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 25th 2016
  64. Hull Kingston Rovers 18-19 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Million Pound Game – October 1st 2016
  65. Huddersfield Giants 20-30 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – 16th February 2017
  66. Leeds Rhinos 20-14 Salford – Headingley Stadium – Super League – 24th February 2017
  67. Salford 24-14 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2017
  68. Wakefield Trinity 24-22 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 12th March 2017
  69. Salford 13-12 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 19th March 2017
  70. Widnes Vikings 10-46 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – 24th March 2017
  71. Salford 22-14 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2017
  72. Hull FC 18-54 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – 7th April 2017
  73. Salford 12-6 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 14th April 2017
  74. Catalans Dragons 38-6 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – 17th April 2017
  75. Salford 30-10 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th April 2017
  76. Wigan Warriors 16-31 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – 5th May 2017
  77. Salford 24-14 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 12th May 2017
  78. Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford – St James’ Park – Super League – 21st May 2017
  79. Salford 50-12 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 26th May 2017
  80. Salford 24-32 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th June 2017
  81. Salford 30-6 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 15th June 2017
  82. St Helens 25-24 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 23rd June 2017
  83. Salford 36-20 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 2nd July 2017
  84. Castleford Tigers 38-14 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 14th July 2017
  85. Leigh Centurions 25-0 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – Super League – 21st July 2017
  86. Salford 14-27 Wigan Warriors – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Challenge Cup – 30th July 2017
  87. Hull FC 32-18 Salford – KC Stadium – Super 8s – 4th August 2017
  88. Salford 4-23 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 11th August 2017
  89. Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford – DW Stadium – Super 8s – 18th August 2017
  90. Salford 18-43 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 1st September 2017
  91. Salford 52-14 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 9th September 2017
  92. Leeds Rhinos 44-2 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super 8s – 15th September 2017
  93. Salford 4-30 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 21st September 2017
  94. Wakefield Trinity 14-12 Salford Red Devils – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 9th February 2018
  95. Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 23rd February 2018
  96. St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2018
  97. Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 11th March 2018
  98. Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 16th March 2018
  99. Widnes Vikings 24-16 Salford Red Devils – Select Security Stadium – Super League –  23rd March 2018
  100. Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2018.

Two Grand Finals on Salford’s doorstep this weekend

This weekend Salford will have not one but two Super League Grand Finals on its doorstep.
As always, the Super League Grand Final will take place at Old Trafford on Saturday, 6pm kick-off, between seven-time Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos and Old Trafford debutants Castleford Tigers.
However, the inaugural Women’s Super League Grand Final will also take place in Manchester on Saturday. Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls Ladies will fight it out to be named the first-ever Women’s Super League winners.
The game will take place at Manchester Regional Arena and will kick-off at 12pm. Entry to the first-ever Women’s Super League Grand Final is just £5 for Adults, £3 for concessions and any under 16s female players wearing their community club’s shirt will gain FREE entry.
You can make it a double-header of Grand Finals on the day – just a five mile or a 25-minute tram ride separate the Manchester Regional Arena and Old Trafford.
 
Remember Salford Red Devils 2018 Season Tickets are currently on sale with all the details here. We have also provided a Direct Debit breakdown for each Season Ticket here. You can purchase your Season Ticket over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here.

Grand Final set to stay at Old Trafford

Old Trafford is set to continue to host the Super League Grand Final up until 2020 after agreeing a new three-year deal with the RFL.
Manchester United’s stadium has held every Grand Final since its inception in 1998 with Grand Final record attendance being set two years ago as 73,512 people watched Leeds edge out Wigan.
The 2017 Super League Grand Final will be played on Saturday 7th October and will be contested between Castleford or St Helens and Leeds or Hull FC.
Super League chief executive Nigel Wood said: “Grand Final night at Old Trafford under the lights is an iconic event that the sport should be proud of.
“We’re approaching the 20th final at Old Trafford and each one has delivered great sporting drama and first-class entertainment.”
Only six teams have competed in a Super League Grand Final with Leeds, Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Warrington and Hull FC all taking to the Old Trafford turf however league leaders Castleford could become the 7th finalists this season.

Craig Kopczak named Wales Rugby League captain

Salford Red Devils prop-forward Craig Kopczak has been named Wales captain ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Kopczak has been Wales’ skipper for the past two years and led the side to European Championship success in 2015 and World Cup qualification last autumn.
Kopczak said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big competition.
“One of my best memories is leading Wales out in Cardiff in the opening game of the 2013 World Cup. It was a huge honour and it’ll be great to do it in another World Cup.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. Each game is going to be really competitive and we need to make sure that we match Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Ireland in every department.”
The former Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants man has earned 19 international caps for Wales scoring one try. Kopczak joined the Red Devils back at the start of the 2016 and has been a regular first-teamer under Ian Watson.
So you can watch Kopczak in action Wales Rugby League World Cup fixtures are as follows:

  • Papua New Guinea vs Wales – Saturday 28th October – 15:00
  • Fiji vs Wales – Saturday 5th November – 18:30
  • Wales vs Ireland – Saturday 12th November – 15:30