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Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that Marc Sneyd has returned on a three-year contract, as Paul Rowley’s first signing as head coach.

A product of the Salford youth system, Sneyd made his Betfred Super League debut for the Red Devils in June 2010 against Warrington Wolves and went on to feature for Salford for the next four years before departing for Hull FC in 2015.

The scrum-half, who also spent a year on loan at Castleford Tigers in 2014 during which he played in a Challenge Cup Final, is 9th in the leaderboards for most conversions and penalty goals in Super League history.

A proven winner, Sneyd has lifted the Challenge Cup twice in the last five years, winning the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy on both occasions with Hull FC.

Speaking on returning to where his rugby league career started, Sneyd said: “I’m really excited to be coming back to Salford. They’ve made some great signings and the squad looks like it’s taking shape.

“I’m excited to get on the field with the lads now and get stuck in with them.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “To have Marc return to where it all started for him is a fantastic example of how a true professional never forgets where they came from.

“He’s a proven winner and will bring with him a plethora of skill and experience to a squad that is already packed with talent.”

Ian Watson | “It’s about having consistency every week”

Salford Red Devils got off to a positive start last night in their first Challenge Cup match with a 76-6 victory against Championship side Rochdale Hornets.
Head Coach Ian Watson gave his thoughts on the performance.
It was a good professional performance in the end. I thought in the second half we got back to our structures and our systems and that’s what we asked of today.
We wanted to use it to get back to putting some of our systems back in place because we fell off it a little bit in the last few games.

On Ed Chamberlain’s injury…

Ed’s the disappointing one. We don’t know where he’s at so we’ll assess that. We’re hoping its nothing major like an acl.
He’s been a great signing for the club so hopefully he won’t be too bad, although it does look a bit loose at the moment.

On Jackson Hastings…

He wants to play. He’s a rugby league player and he wants to play every minute of every game but we’ve got two big games coming up against Warrington and Wigan and he’d done his job.
He’s passionate, he wants to play, and he wants to play every minute of every game so he was disappointed to come off.
I thought the team kept in the same systems after he came off as well which was even more pleasing. When Jacko’s come off in the past we’ve fallen away from it and struggled and that’s credit to young Josh Wood, he stepped up and did really well there.

On previous games…

In those games we haven’t been too far off and we’ve been competing in them all. We’ve just had a discipline issue last week and execution.
We opened Hull up loads of times last week and we made about 10 breaks to their one in that game and didn’t actually open us up. They scored some rubbish tries and we conceded one again tonight which we aren’t happy with.
As far as the attack, we’ve been opening teams up and we’ve not been struggling in that department and the defence has been good. It’s just been lapses in concentration against the smart players that have caught us out and I think that’s an experience thing but we’re getting that back now with Junior, Kris Welham and Krisnan Inu coming in so we’re getting more experience and smarts on those edges.

On the squad…

The minutes for Logan Tomkins was massive. Josh Wood was huge for us. Getting him back out there and getting through the game, that’ll do his confidence no end.
Bibby – trying him in the back row gives us extra options of being able to utilise people more. Ben Nakubuwai ended up in the back row as well with Tyrone McCarthy so we’ve got players who we know we can shuffle around and today was a good exercise to be able to utilise that.
Krisnan Inu has nailed the kicking slot. He’s always been a good goal kicker so he’ll step up into that role now for us.
I said after the hull game we were making changes because I wasn’t happy with certain things.
The guys had to step up and take their opportunity and some of the guys who have been left out tonight, have been left out because they haven’t performed. The Guys coming in have had to put their hands up and say they’re ready to play.
What we can’t do at a club is guarantee people shirts. People have got to want to compete for it all the time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a senior pro or whether you’re a young guy coming through; you’ve got to be competitive and want to hold your shirt.

On future games…

It’s about having consistency every week. It’s no good playing well one week and then having two average games. What we want as a club is to be good every week so we can compete with the top teams and that’s what we ask of the players.
Logan and Woody coming in today and getting good minutes was brilliant for us.
We talked about building our foundations early on in the season. We got back on it today, especially in the second half when we got a bit more confidence, so it’s served us a really good purpose.

Tickets for Salford Red Devils next fixture against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday 19th April are now available from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For ticket details, click HERE.
Salford Red Devils next home fixture sees them welcome Wigan Warriors to the AJ Bell Stadium on Monday 22nd April and you can purchase tickets from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online. 


Salford Red Devils host Rochdale Hornets at the AJ Bell Stadium in the Coral Challenge Cup clash.

Last time out

Salford will be looking for a win in today’s Challenge Cup clash after suffering a 16-23 loss to Hull FC last Sunday.
The Red Devils struggled to break through the Hull defence early on in the game, until Josh Jones managed to get a hand on Rob Lui’s low kick into touch.
With a further two tries from Niall Evalds and Jackson Hastings in the second half and a hat-trick from Hull FC’s Josh Griffin, it was Marc Sneyd’s kicking skills that won Hull the victory with five conversions and a drop-goal.

Rochdale also fell to a 24-48 loss in their previous Championship game against Halifax with Lee Mitchell, Jack Higginson, Ellis Robson and Carl Foster all going over for the Hornets.
Their visit to the AJ Bell Stadium will be Rochdale’s second Challenge Cup match after they won by a single point in a 21-22 victory against Whitehaven.


Since Salford’s impressive 46-0 victory over Catalan Dragons, Sunday’s loss meant that the Red Devils fell to a fourth straight defeat; their longest losing run of the season so far.
Rochdale Hornets have also struggled in recent games, losing six of their last seven Championship matches.

Team News

Salford’s Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad ahead of today’s game, bringing back Logan Tomkins and Adam Lawton.
Tomkins and Lawton will replace Mark Flanagan and Jansin Turgut.


Salford: Niall Evalds, Ed Chamberlain, Kris Welham, Junior Sau, Jake Bibby, Rob Lui, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Logan Tomkins, Derrell Olpherts, Adam Lawton, Krisnan Inu, Jackson Hastings.
Rochdale: Dec Kay, Shaun Ainscough, Seta Tala, Ben Morris, Dan Abram, Ben Moores, Lee Mitchell, Ellis Gillam, Dec Gregory, Mike Weldon, Liam Carberry, Ryan Millington, Joe Ryan, Jack Cottington, Callum Wood, Brandon Wood, Tyler Whittaker, Jack Higginson, Nathan Reidy.

Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel revamped

Ellery Hanley MBE is to chair a panel of Rugby League greats in a radical revamp of the voting system to determine Super League’s most prestigious individual honour, the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.
Hanley is the only man to have won the award three times – in 1985, 1987 and 1989 – since it was introduced in 1977, and renamed in 2014 in honour of Steve Prescott, the former St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity full-back who fought such an inspirational battle after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The panel will consist of 21 former players and coaches including former Men of Steel, and boasting a combined total of 46 Championship or Grand Final wins, 41 Challenge Cup winners’ medals – and sharing the common distinction of having made more than 200 career appearances.
Hanley attended today’s official launch of the 2019 Betfred Super League season at Old Trafford, which will stage the 22nd Grand Final on Saturday October 12 – with full details of the panel to be unveiled next month.
A member of the panel will watch each Betfred Super League game in 2019 and award points to the three outstanding players: 3 points for their chosen man of the match, 2 for the runner-up, and 1 for the third-ranked player.
The scores will be made public every week from the first round of the season – which begins with the St Helens v Wigan blockbuster next Thursday night (January 31) – until Round 22 in mid-July. After that, the poll will be hidden until the Awards Ceremony in October. Further details of that event will be released throughout the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
Robert Elstone, the Super League Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to able to announce a new, refreshed voting system for the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award.
“Rugby League was a pioneer in introducing the Man of Steel title more than 40 years ago, recognising the importance of celebrating the players who give so much to make the sport special.
“Who better, in that regard, to chair our new panel than Ellery Hanley MBE? A true great of the game, whose name still resonates well beyond it, and who is held in complete respect by the modern generation of players.
“Ellery will lead a panel with outstanding credentials. Its unrivalled and extensive knowledge and experience will underpin the award’s credibility and by sharing the votes after each round, we will create interest and talkability all the way through to awards night. 
“We’d like to thank all of those involved in the new process and look forward to seeing the battle for the game’s ultimate individual award unfold over the course of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.”

Salford in black – A look back

Ahead of the launch of our 2018 away kit we’re looking through some memorable away kits of yesteryear and today we’re focusing on Salford in black.
Last season the Red Devils donned a predominantly black away kit and it was worn with pride in the Club’s first Challenge Cup semi-final for twenty years. Despite losing to Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium Ian Watson’s men wore the black strip in victory over the Warriors in Super League; their first win at Wigan since 1997.
The 2010 away jersey was black with a hint of pink and was a big hit amongst Salford fans. Sponsored by the Trafford Centre the kit saw Salford finish 12th above both Harlequins and Catalans Dragons.
Black was also worn on Salford’s travels back in 2008 as the Club won the Championship title and their Grand Final showdown with the Celtic Crusaders. Subsequently both sides were awarded Super League status via the newly implemented licensing system.
The mid-1990’s saw Salford in black and yellow on the road. Despite winning one third of their games that season the Red Devils suffered relegation in black and yellow as six teams suffered the drop in preparation for the formation of Super League.
Black and yellow was also the theme the season prior and again the Red Devils had a very similar record in the league sealing top flight Rugby League for another season. Both black and yellow kits were sponsored by Cebora.
Could we see Salford wearing a black away kit in 2018?
For a brief history of Salford in white click here.
While our 2018 away kit is only available from Friday our #FourStripes home shirt is available to purchase via our online store here. You can also purchase training gear by clicking here and leisurewear by clicking here.

David Watkins MBE wins special award at Wales Sports Awards

Last night Salford Red Devils legend and all-time top points scorer David Watkins MBE received the Special Recognition Award at the Wales Sports Awards 2017.
Phil Bennett, when presenting the award, said: “This gentleman is up there at the very top.” 
Watkins featured for the Red Devils between 1967 and 1979 making over 400 appearances for the Club and racking up a staggering 2907 points while at The Willows.
The Welshman captained Salford in their last Challenge Cup final appearance against Castleford at Wembley in 1969 and also earned caps for both Wales and Great Britain. Watkins went on to finish his career with Swinton.
The Club legend was a star in both codes playing for Wales and the British and Irish Lions in Rugby Union after spells with several Welsh Rugby Union sides.
In the 1986 New Year Honours, Watkins was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Rugby League.
Everyone at the Salford Red Devils would like to congratulate David Watkins on a most deserved award.

Salford legend Jackie Brennan to present the ball on Thursday

Salford Red Devils legend Jackie Brennan is set to present the ball tomorrow night before our final game of the 2017 season.
Brennan captained the side during Salford’s last visit to Wembley in 1969 as the Red Devils fell to a 11-6 defeat to Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup final. Brennan made 317 appearances for the Salford between 1959 and 1970 scoring 70 tries from half-back. The half-back also features in the Salford’s Team of the Century.
CEO Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson went for a meal with Salford legends Brennan, Graham Jones, Hugh Duffy and John Cheshire last week at Alberts in Worsley which has led to Brennan presenting the match ball before tomorrow’s game against St Helens.
Make sure you give this Salford legend a warm reception on Thursday evening as he brings out the match ball.
The match ball for our game against St Helens will be sponsored by Advanced Steel.
Tickets are on sale for our final home game of the season against St Helens and can be purchased over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here. Fans can also watch our end of season awards for an extra £5 in the 1873 suite post-game. Season Tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Two more Red Devils out for the season

Salford Red Devils will be without Lee Mossop and Connor Williams who will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Mossop and Williams join forward duo Mark Flanagan and Lama Tasi who are also on the sidelines for all the Red Devils remaining fixtures.
Lee Mossop last featured in the Challenge Cup victory over Hull KR in May but the club can now confirm he won’t appear for the Red Devils again this season.
Connor Williams hasn’t featured for Ian Watson’s side this season and has been struggling with a shoulder injury of late which means he won’t get the opportunity to force his way into the team until next season.
Flanagan has been suffering with a shoulder injury and the club had been hopeful he would make a return however the former St Helens men is now concentrating on recovering for the 2018 season.
Tasi picked up a knee injury in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan following a collision with Warriors hooker Sam Powell.
Despite these four massive losses for the Red Devils Ian Watson and the lads will continue their push for the top four against Wakefield Trinity at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday 1st September.
Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Wakefield tickets on sale

The Red Devils are set to face Wakefield Trinity next up at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday 1st September, 8pm kick-off.
Wakefield currently sit 4th in the Super League Super 8s two points above the Red Devils with both sides looking to make their first ever Super League Grand Final appearance this year.
It will be Trinity’s third visit to the AJ Bell Stadium this season following the Red Devils victory in the Challenge Cup however Wakefield did come away with a 24-34 Super League victory in early June.
Come and watch as the Red Devils try and topple Trinity and continue their push for a top four finish.
All ticket details are as follows:
Adult (West Stand): £25
Adult (South Stand – Standing): £20
Adult (West Stand Value): £18
Children (Under 17): £10
Student/Senior (West Stand): £20
Student/Senior (South Stand – Standing): £15
Student/Senior (West Stand Value): £13
For any information regarding any wheelchair bays or disabled facilities that are required call the stadium directly on 0161 786 1574 or email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk
Tickets are also on sale for the Red Devils other Super 8s home games against Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Shaun Wane – "We'll show them a lot of respect"

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane knows that Salford will be looking to get their season back on track tonight against his Warriors side.
The Red Devils suffered a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Wane’s Warriors last month in a game but he knows that Salford offer difficult opposition.
Wane said: “Salford are a very good team, they’ll be on full on and desperate to get their season going again.
“They’ve been very good this year, they’re just not finding that bit of luck you need at the minute.
“We’ll show them a lot of respect. They’ll get a win again soon, we just need to make sure it’s not against us.”
Wigan got back to winning ways last weekend against Huddersfield and Wane feels his hookers shone as the Warriors earned their first Super 8s victory of 2017.
Wane said: “Sam Powell did a good job as did Micky, I’ve watched it back three times and think our attack was good considering the testing conditions.
“We’re a repetition team and we need to practice good things and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do this week.”
Tickets are still available up until 5pm for tonight’s game against Wigan from the club’s ticket office. Supporters are also reminded that tickets are on sale for all Super 8s home games against Castleford, Wakefield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.