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Ian Blease hails the travelling Red Devils support

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has hailed the Red Devils support with over 1200 fans travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday evening to watch Salford get the season off to a 14-34 winning start against Huddersfield Giants.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “I have to say the Salford Red Devils fans were absolutely outstanding on Friday evening.
“To see over 1000 Salford supporters, make the trip up to Huddersfield in those adverse weather conditions was extremely positive and is a real testament to how brilliant they are as a group of fans.
“They made some terrific noise throughout the game and I truly believe their support helped the lads push through to victory. At one point the game was level at 8-8 and the fans really got behind the boys and I have no doubts that this galvanised the boys.
“It is even more promising that a large majority of these fans purchased their ticket in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium meaning that Salford Red Devils retained 25% of each of their purchases.
“It was great to see so many supporters promoting this on social media in the lead-up to the game as well.
“I think this massive turnout for our first away fixture is just an extension of the fantastic support our fans have shown the Club in recent months buying their Season Tickets with many also joining our Squad Builder initiative.
“We, as a Club, can’t stress enough how crucial it is that the fans get behind us this season by purchasing their Season Tickets if they haven’t done so already ahead of this weekend’s massive home opener against newly-promoted London Broncos.
“I know that we are actively reaching out to supporters – via phone calls, texts, E-Mails and direct mail – who have lapsed from watching the Red Devils in order to try and get them to come back and watch Salford on a regular basis.
“I’m hoping to see a big crowd and good walk-up from those fans who have drifted away over the years at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“As I’ve said, the fans make a real difference and when they make that noise it definitely lifts the players on the park.
“The team we have built is strong and will play an exciting brand of rugby and if this City gets behind them from the first home game & onwards then who knows what we can achieve this season!”

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Adam Walker joins Salford Red Devils

In today’s edition of the Manchester Evening News, it was exclusively revealed that prop-forward Adam Walker has joined Salford Red Devils.
Walker hasn’t played since testing positive for cocaine whist at Wakefield Trinity in 2017, but the now reformed character has the chance to make an impact once again; an opportunity that isn’t lost on him.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have a club for the 2019 season and I’m extremely grateful to Salford Red Devils for giving me this opportunity.
“From day one speaking to Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson I could see that Salford – as a Club – have some real strong beliefs and values that centre around the community and doing good in the local area. I knew straight away that this was the kind of club I wanted to be at.
“I’ve not been perfect in the past. I don’t think anyone is. But you need to learn from your mistakes and develop as a person and player afterwards.
“It’s been a tough few years for myself not being able to play the sport I love on a regular basis. I was suffering from some mental health issues at the time which in turn led to me making a big mistake. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, I accepted and learnt from my punishment.
“In my time away from the game I feel like I’ve matured a lot. I honestly feel I’ve turned the corner, I’ve regained my love for the sport back and I’m ready for the next chapter.
“At a club like Salford, I’ve got the best opportunity to continue to grow as a person by going into the community, talking about the lessons I’ve learnt and promoting Rugby League in a positive manner.
“The sport of Rugby League has been very good to me. The support I received from the RFL, in particular Emma Rosewarne, was brilliant and really helped me on my road to recovery. I’ve now been offered a second chance and it’s up to me to make sure I grab it with both hands.”
Bradford-born Walker began his career with Huddersfield Giants but spent the majority on loan with Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions. However, it was at Hull Kingston Rovers where the forward made his name while also being a regular for the Scottish National side.
Walker said: “I was playing at the highest and most consistent level I’ve ever competed at four or five years ago and I was loving every minute of it.
“During my time at Hull Kingston Rovers I managed to draw attention from Australia and even spoke to Melbourne Storm, but I decided to see out my contract at Hull. Chris Chester was very supportive of me and that helped massively. Of course, I got the move to St Helens and then eventually Wakefield, both of whom are great Super League clubs.
“I was also in the Scotland National side on a regular basis and for that to slip away because of a silly decision whilst at Wakefield was massively disappointing but it has only made me hungrier now to turn things around and strive to get back to where I want to be.”
Due to his suspension, Walker is yet to train with the Red Devils but has no concerns about catching up on pre-season and returning to the field in top condition.
Walker said: “I know I’ve a lot of work to do. I’ve not been able to train but once I’m allowed to get back on the field regularly.
“I know the Head Strength and Conditioning – Greg Brown – from my time with Swinton and I know he will get the best out of me physically. I’ll be pushing myself further than I have before to ensure I’m ready for my first game back whenever that may be.”
Adam Walker will be available to play for the Red Devils in March.
Salford Red Devils return to action for the first time in almost four months on Saturday as they clash with local rivals Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1pm kick-off. Tickets are available at the AJ Bell Stadium, over the phone and online HERE.

Salford Red Devils to host local rivals Swinton Lions in pre-season

Salford Red Devils can confirm we will face local rivals Swinton Lions in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 12th January, 1pm kick-off.
The Red Devils hosted the Lions in pre-season last year and are delighted to welcome them back to the AJ Bell Stadium again in 2019.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re excited to host Swinton for the second consecutive season.
“A big factor in us welcoming Swinton to the AJ Bell Stadium again was the success of last year’s fixture which saw us renew the rivalry. We’re hoping this fixture can become a bit of a community day and event for all the fans.
“There are a lot of ties between the Club’s and it really is a special fixture which is important to the City of Salford and surrounding areas.
“Of course, this will be the first opportunity for fans to see some of our new signings in action. I hope the fans of both Salford and Swinton turn out in force for our opening game of 2019.”
Ticket details for the game will be confirmed in due course.
Salford Red Devils will also take on current Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors in pre-season at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 20th January. Click here for more details.

Salford Red Devils launch partnership with Hopwood Hall College

Salford Red Devils were pleased to take a day of their pre-season training to Hopwood Hall College earlier this week.
The Red Devils have used Hopwood Hall College’s excellent facilities over the past year and have now agreed an official partnership between the two parties to help bring through the next generation of Betfred Super League players.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “This is a massive step in the right direction for the Club in our aim to produce players as a community club. It’s time we begin to get more of local young players coming through our system with the future aims of the club to have a complete pathway from school, community club, academies through to the first team at Salford Red Devils.
“This is putting us on the right path to begin this process. The fact we can introduce young players from Hopwood Hall College and Salford Red Devils Category Three Academy into first team environments to aid and assist their development is brilliant. These lads are getting rewarded by spending time in and around an environment which allows them to experience life as a professional Betfred Super League player.
“The partnership has been greatly assisted via Matt Calland who I have had a relationship with at Halifax, Rochdale and Wales. They have first-class facilities at Hopwood Hall and with Matt at the helm we know that these lads are being coached to a high standard.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “This is a very exciting and very promising partnership, that has been worked upon for a while now.
“This is one of our key components in our five-year rugby strategy to help us nurture and create the next generation of Salford Red Devils players from the surrounding regions.
“We already have a Category Three Academy at Salford Red Devils which we value, and which will also help us bring through some strong Salford talent along with this new partnership with Hopwood Hall College and our overall rugby strategy long-term.
“Salford Red Devils and Hopwood Hall College are aiming to create a career pathway for rugby talent. Hopwood Hall College captures some of the hottest talent in the Rochdale and Oldham areas and we have now put the Club in a position to access that talent.
“We are also in the process of developing further partnerships for other regions in Manchester and this will only enhance our youth development and rugby strategy. I will continue to push to make this Club stronger in its youth development, scouting, and ultimately, recruitment of local players back into the first team.
“Promoting local talent has to be a huge focus of the Club going forward and it’s something myself and Head Coach Ian Watson are extremely committed to.”
Kris Robinson, Centre Director for Sport and Public Services at Hopwood Hall College, said of the exciting new partnership:
“Having a working partnership with a Super League club the size of Salford Red Devils is a tantalizing prospect for Hopwood Hall College.
“Our learners will regularly get the once in a lifetime opportunity to train alongside and learn from Salford’s high-quality players and coaching staff, the club will have an ideal pipeline for the rugby talent ID of young sportsmen from our college. It’s the equivalent of our catering learners getting to work at the best restaurants or our business learners gaining work experience at blue chip companies.
“It’s also a great opportunity for the college to showcase its training and playing facilities, being good enough for a Super League club as established as Salford Red Devils is a sign of the quality offer, we have for our learners.
“Our relationship with the club has been excellent, from the Director of Rugby right the way down, we’re really looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”
For more information about Hopwood Hall College, visit their website HERE.

Fan Fit | Prizes for December and January monthly winners

Salford Red Devils fans can win fantastic prizes and lose some pounds at the same time over the Festive period thanks to our Salford Red Devils Fan Fit app.
The app – designed by experts at the University of Salford – launched a few weeks ago with the Red Devils becoming the first Rugby League club to sign up.
The innovative app allows supporters to create some friendly competition around fitness while interacting with other fans and enjoying the latest information from their clubs. All you need is a smartphone – either Android or iOS.
We are challenging our fans to see who can rack up the most exercise and steps in December and January. Supporters of the Club who have signed up to Fan Fit can compete with each other to win prizes.
The winner of the December monthly league will win a Salford Red Devils Season Ticket (or credit) and the runner-up will win a Garmin VivoFit wristband. The winners will be invited to the Club to collect their prize and have their photo taken at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “This is a great opportunity to get a bit fitter in time for Christmas and then to lose those Festive pounds in January, too.
“We will be tracking everyone who has signed up in the past few weeks and whoever does the most steps during December and January will win some great prizes. It’s a great way for our fans to pass the time as they wait for the start of the 2019 season!”
Dr Alex Fenton, designer of Fan Fit and lecturer in the digital business from the University of Salford Business School, said: “Since we launched at the beginning of October hundreds of people have already signed up to Fan Fit and are having their exercise levels tracked.
“Now they can win prizes while doing it. We would encourage people to download or update the app to the latest version.”
The newest version of the app has several improvements including tracking steps using phone or Garmin wristbands.
The North West – as a whole – recently came near the bottom of league tables for health and fitness, with rates of heart disease and stroke among the highest in the country. Sports clubs in the region believe they could be doing more to combat this, as a duty of care to their fans.
You can download Red Devils Fit now on Android and iPhone by visiting the website, click HERE.

Salford Red Devils to host Wigan Warriors in pre-season

Salford Red Devils can confirm that we will face fellow Betfred Super League side Wigan Warriors in a pre-season friendly at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 20th January, 2pm kick-off.
The Red Devils have opened their Betfred Super League campaign at home against Wigan for two consecutive seasons but will host the Warriors in pre-season this time around.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Wigan Warriors to the AJ Bell Stadium in pre-season.
“We wanted to make sure the lads had a real test ahead of the 2019 Betfred Super League season and there’s no bigger test than the current champions.
“I’m sure this will be a strongly contested game and an enjoyable one for the fans. We are hoping that both the Salford and Wigan fans turn out in force as we head into the 2019 season.
“Of course, there’ll be a host of new players on show for both sides which makes the game even more exciting.”
Ticket details will be confirmed in due course. Salford Red Devils will also be confirming a second pre-season friendly in due course.
Ian Watson’s side will begin their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign at Huddersfield Giants on Friday 1st February before hosting newly-promoted London Broncos on Sunday 10th February.
2019 Season Tickets are still available, and you can spread the costs over eight months via our Direct Debit payment plan. For the Direct Debit breakdowns, click HERE. Sign-up by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or calling 0161 786 1570.

Salford seal deal for Gil Dudson

Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm the signing of Gil Dudson on a two-year deal.
Dudson came through the ranks at North Wales Crusaders before signing for Wigan Warriors in 2012. The powerful forward would go on to make almost 50 appearances for the Warriors including their 2013 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final triumph against Hull FC.
The 28-year-old spent three seasons with Widnes and became an integral part of the first team at the Vikings. Dudson has also earned 15 caps for the Welsh National team.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Gil is a player I’ve known for a long through the Welsh National side and is a player who always gives 100%.
“He has a good skill level but more importantly as a front-rower he has an aggression and competitive attitude to win his battles which is what we need in our middles.
“I know Gil will come in and add to the ‘team first’ mentality that we have here at Salford Red Devils.
“I can’t wait for him to get started.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re delighted to have got another signing over the line and bring Gil here to Salford Red Devils.
“Gil has come through a strong and competitive system at Wigan Warriors and this signing is another step in the right direction for the Club.
“Gil is one of three forwards we’ve added over the last week which will only improve the competition for places throughout the upcoming season.
“Season Ticket sales and Squad Builder memberships are continuing to rise, and we need the Salford Red Devils fans to continue to buy-in as this will allow us to sign more players.”

Salford welcome Adam Lawton back to Super League

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the acquisition of towering forward Adam Lawton for the 2019 season. 
Lawton broke into the Widnes Vikings side in 2014 and crashed over for an impressive nine tries in 15 appearances in the back-row. The back-rower went on to have a short stint with Australian side Redcliffe Dolphins.
Lawton said: “I’m really excited to get back into a professional environment here at Salford and starting pre-season training this week.
“I’m also grateful to Salford, Ian Watson and Ian Blease for giving me an opportunity to showcase what I’m all about in the Betfred Super League.
“2019 is all about proving myself and getting back to the performances I displayed a few years ago.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Signing Adam is really exciting for us here at Salford Red Devils. I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“Adam burst onto the Betfred Super League scene in devastating fashion a few years ago before a small spell in Australia.
“I believe in our team environment here at Salford we will see Adam back to his best. Adam adds something different to our current squad with his size and footballing ability. He will be a big asset to our squad for the 2019 season.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re really excited to add Adam to our playing squad for the 2019 season.
“Adam made a name for himself at Widnes a few years ago and really took the league by storm. Obviously, his size and power have been a big factor in us bringing him to the AJ Bell Stadium, but he is also very mobile and good with ball in hand.
“Adam has displayed a real passion and hunger to play Super League rugby again and we’re happy to give him a chance here at Salford.
“Again, I’d like to thank everyone who has purchased Season Tickets and Squad Builder memberships as without you these signings wouldn’t be possible.”
Adam Lawton will begin his pre-season training with Salford Red Devils tomorrow.

Salford retain Jansin Turgut

Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm the re-signing of Jansin Turgut following a successful short-term stint with the Club at the end of the 2018 season.
Turgut spent time with Hull FC between 2015 and 2018 as well as enjoying loan spells with Featherstone Rovers and Doncaster RLFC before joining the Red Devils.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Jansin is a young middle with Betfred Super League experience who when coming in at The Qualifiers stage last year showed glimpses of his versatility, ability & aggression.
“Jansin is also a former England Academy captain who possesses great potential and hopefully he can fulfil that potential here at Salford Red Devils. Jansin brings an extra level of competition to our squad & is determined to position himself as a starting player.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re really pleased to get Jansin over the line for at least another season.
“Jansin came in for the closing stages of the 2018 season and really bolstered our squad and made a great impression when he featured against London and Leeds. He showed a desire, attitude and hunger to perform for the Club which made us want to keep him on for the 2019 season.
“He adds some competition for places in our forwards and we’re hoping he is the first of a few more signings in the middles.”
Turgut will link up with the Red Devils on the first day of pre-season tomorrow.

Sponsor | CD Brick & Stone partner with the Red Devils

Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm that CD Brick & Stone will sponsor winger Greg Johnson throughout the 2019 season.
Tony Pugh and his father, who are partners within CD Brick & Stone, are massive Salford Red Devils fans and wanted to help the Club by sponsoring in the 2019 season.
Tony Pugh, of CD Brick & Stone, said: “We’ve been involved with the Club previously in the 1990’s and we’re really pleased to be back involved ahead of a massive season.
“We’ve got a yard in Leigh from which we sell a range of cast stone products mainly to building merchants but also to the general public.
“Ian Blease got in touch with me and mentioned the possibility of sponsoring Greg Johnson for the 2019 season and we were pleased to come to an agreement.
“Greg’s a fantastic winger and I’m hoping he scores plenty of tries next season. It’s great to be back in partnership with Salford Red Devils.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re really happy that CD Brick & Stone have come on board this year to sponsor Greg Johnson.
“CD Brick & Stone are a new sponsor for the 2019 season which is fantastic. It’s always great to bring in new partners as this will only help develop the Club and spread the word about Salford Red Devils.
“The Club is working extremely hard in the commercial department to bring in more businesses such as CD Brick & Stone to partner the Club and help us build success together.
“We hope Tony and the people at CD Brick and Stone enjoy the 2019 season and see their player – Greg Johnson – put in some great performances.”
CD Brick & Stone are suppliers of bricks, brick specialists and also the largest stockists of quality cast stone products. This is all available from their yard in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
For more information visit their website here. Or, alternatively, follow them on Twitter here.
To enquire about sponsorship opportunities with Salford Red Devils E-Mail Adrian.Stores@salfordreddevils.net or call 0161 786 1590.