Tag: Ian Blease

Salford sign Sio

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the signing of prolific try-scoring winger Ken Sio on a three-year deal.
The Australian winger spent time in the Betfred Super League with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2015 and 2016 scoring 26 tries for the Robins.
Sio has spent the last two seasons with NRL side Newcastle Knights crossing for 17 tries in 41 appearances and made his name for Parramatta Eels scoring 37 tries in 57 appearances between 2011 and 2014.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “We are delighted to add Ken to our team and would like to welcome his wife and children to Salford.
“This signing is an outstanding capture for the Club as Ken is a player who can play full-back, winger and centre and comes with great experience.
“Ken is a fantastic person with an excellent work ethic which is essential in our environment here at Salford Red Devils.
“His all-round ability and track record as a proven finisher in both the Super League and NRL will only add to our back line and help us build momentum as we head into the 2019 season.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to bring in a player of Ken’s quality ahead of the 2019 season.
“Ken is a powerful, pacey winger or centre with a terrific try-scoring record and we’re really excited to see him play in the famous shirt for Salford.
“A lot of hard work has gone in behind the scenes to get this deal over the line and I know we again beat off strong competition for Ken from other Super League clubs. I’m confident that this will be the first of a number of signings which will help bolster our squad for next year.
“It is important that the Salford Red Devils supporters continue to get behind the Club by purchasing their Season Tickets and signing up to our Squad Builder scheme so that we can continue to make signings such as this.
“I’d like to personally thank all the fans who have purchased their Season Tickets and Squad Builder memberships already – it is very much appreciated.”

Partner | Salford Red Devils link-up with Global SmartDot

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Global Smartdot Limited.
Smartdot are now the Official EMF Protection Partner of the Salford Red Devils and will be working with the players to improve blood oxygenation by managing EMF exposure. The programme is designed to improve player performance levels and recovery times.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “This is another exciting and innovative new partnership for the Club to be partnering with Smartdot.
“We are looking forward to getting the players actively involved in his new partnership and seeing them gain an edge in performance on the back of it.”
Global SmartDot Director, Steven Moors, said: “Energydots are very excited at the opportunity to work with Salford Red Devils. We are very excited about this partnership and are looking forward to a successful season working alongside the Club.”
We would like to thank Michael Jackson and Ian Laithwaite at Elite Sports Marketing for facilitating this arrangement.

Commercial | Advanced Steel to feature on kit in 2019

Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm that Advanced Steel will be partnering the Club again in the 2019 season as one of our official kit sponsors.
Advanced Steel are now heading into their third year on the official Red Devils playing kit and will also be sponsoring one of Salford’s first team players in 2019.
Carl Grundy, Managing Director of Advanced Steel, said: “Advanced Steel are delighted to be sponsoring Salford Red Devils again this season.
“When Ian Blease got in touch, we jumped at the chance again as we are really enjoying being part of the Salford family.
“We are also pleased to be sponsoring Jackson Hastings again and I feel with the signing of ‘Jacko’ and the other quality players we have we can be part of something special this coming season.
“Let’s hope the great people of Salford get behind the team for the 2019 season.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “It’s great to have Advanced Steel on board for another season.
“We began a partnership a few years ago which has seen Advanced Steel take pride of place on the playing kit and become one of our main partners at the Club.
“Carl has been a fantastic supporter of the Club and sponsored Jackson Hastings on his arrival at the AJ Bell last season; a sponsorship he will continue in 2019.
“We are looking forward to another year of working with Carl and everyone at Advanced Steel and we’re sure they’ll enjoy another year as partners of the Red Devils.”
For any sponsorship enquiries please contact Adrian.Stores@salfordreddevils.net or call us on 0161 786 1570.

Craig Kopczak to leave the Red Devils

As Salford Red Devils continue to reshape their squad for the 2019 season, we can confirm we have accepted an undisclosed offer for Craig Kopczak from a fellow Betfred Super League club.
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We are in the process of forming a competitive squad for 2019 onwards which is capable of raising a few eyebrows throughout.
“Having already announced some of the biggest signings in the Club’s recent history, and with some more to come with the help of the forthcoming Squad Builder initiative, there are exciting times ahead for this prestigious Club.
“Maintaining players who are fully committed to this club is absolutely essential to the Coach and myself moving forward in the 2019 season. This club is determined to build that motivated team to compete at the top end of the Betfred Super League.”
The Club would like to thank Craig Kopczak for his services.

Squad | Hastings will remain a Devil

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of halfback Jackson Hastings for the 2019 season.
Hastings – who arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium at the end of July – had a huge impact on the Red Devils end to the season crossing for five tries and guiding the side to a 1st place finish in The Qualifiers.
Hastings said: “In the end it was a pretty easy decision to be honest.
“When I laid in bed at night weighing up my options I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else over here.
“The amount of support the Club gave me through a tough time in my life, the love that I’ve got from the fans and the respect I’ve got from the playing group is something that if I’d walked away from it I know I wouldn’t have been happy with.
“I’m happy with my decision and hopefully we can kick on and have a good season next year.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Signing Jackson for the 2019 season is a great piece of business by the Club and a great piece of business for Super League as a whole.
“His energy and enthusiasm around the Club and the boys is infectious and you can see in the games he’s played how it lifts people around him. We have always had effort and commitment from our team but Jackson has lifted the pressure and allowed others to just play and enjoy the game.
“Jackson wants to lead a team and be the dominant half and that fits perfectly within our team dynamics.
“I hope Jackson can continue to enjoy his football and show everyone over the next twelve months how good a signing he is.”
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Jackson put pen to paper on a new deal with our Club.
“I have been talking with Jackson for some time now about his options and he has now made his decision to stay with us based on our aims of building this team and Club year on year and becoming a major force in the Super League.
“Jackson was instrumental to our form and finish at the back end of this season and he has been fantastic in and around the Club over the past three months. He has great character, a winning mentality – which I admire greatly – and he is infectious.
“Jackson has developed a great relationship with the players, staff, fans and the City’s community as a whole in such a sport space of time at the Club and that’s a credit to him as a person.
“This signing is a real statement of intent and in that we’ve staved off some tough competition from other clubs to sign Jackson for the 2019 season.
“We now look to this wonderful City we play in, our fans & community to back these signings and purchase your 2019 Season Tickets so we can thrive as a Club – #TogetherStronger – in Super League.
“Following the huge signings of Joey Lussick and Jackson Hastings we will also be introducing a new scheme – The Squad Builder – next week for fans to help the Club purchase some more high-calibre names in the future.”

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Squad | Red Devils snare Joey Lussick

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that Joey Lussick has signed a two-year deal with the Club.
Lussick arrived from Australia in August and featured in each of the Red Devils’ seven Qualifiers fixtures helping Salford to a 1st place finish, scoring two tries in the process.
Lussick, sponsored by Capricorn Security, said: “I’m really happy to have put pen to paper.
“Since I arrived here in The Qualifiers it’s certainly been interesting but the Club from day one has been amazing, and all the boys have brilliant too.
“I’m delighted to continue my future here at Salford Red Devils for the next couple of seasons. There’s a seriously friendly atmosphere around this place that makes you want to stay.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are really pleased to announce the retention of Joey. He’s been a massive lift alongside Jackson.
“He gave us some real good organisation and has been pivotal to the spine’s success in The Qualifiers in achieving the top of the league and best defensive record.
“He’s been a mainstay for us after the loss of Josh Wood through injury, and his ability to be able to play a quality eighty minutes has given us even more options.
“We are hoping we can build on the success on the coming season with Joey progressing in his own game.”
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “Getting Joey over the line for the next two seasons is massive for the Club.
“We’ve been in talks for a while and I’m delighted that Joey can see the ambition we have here at Salford Red Devils and that he wants to continue and further his career here.
“We’re continuing to work hard behind the scenes to complete more key signings ahead of the 2019 season.”
2019 Season Tickets are now available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or by simply clicking HERE. 
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Academy | Over thirty students join Salford Red Devils

The Salford Red Devils U19 Category Three Academy have enrolled over thirty new students for the upcoming season.
This is an increase on last season’s numbers and all students were introduced to Salford Red Devils by meeting Head Coach Ian Watson, Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and First Team Captain Lee Mossop.
Danny Barton, Salford Red Devils Academy Player Performance Manager, said: “It’s fantastic we’ve had such an appetite for the course and for people wanting to come and play Rugby League here at Salford.
“I felt it was important that they met the likes of Ian Watson, Ian Blease and Lee Mossop so they could get a feel of what representing this Club is all about and what is expected of them.
“I’ve been really impressed with the attitude of each student that has enrolled already and everyone seems to be looking forward to the season ahead.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s important that we have a strong academy set-up to help us spot potential in the local area and further afield who could eventually run out for the Salford Red Devils first team.”
The team recently went to Prestatyn for a pre-season training camp – lasting a full weekend- which saw their fitness, skills and teamwork tested.
Barton said: “The pre-season training camp is the perfect opportunity for me as a Coach to look at what I’ve got at my disposal for the upcoming season.
“But, it’s also the perfect opportunity for the lads to bond as a team and begin to get to know each other more and start to the processes of becoming an actual team.
“I put the lads through their paces in Wales and the response from the lads was fantastic. They all knuckled down, worked hard with no complaints and really impressed me.
“We look like we’ve got some really talented players in the squad and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop here at Salford Red Devils.”
Since returning the Academy have been continuing to work hard with their first gym session of the year being hosted by Salford Red Devils partners at the AJ Bell Stadium – MultiFit Salford.
“It was good to get the lads in the gym and get them working on their strength heading into the season,” Barton said.
He added: “We’d like to thank Multifit for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities and the lads are looking forward to regularly heading into the gym throughout the season.”

Squad | Burke joins Red Devils on permanent deal

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that Greg Burke has joined the Club on a permanent basis for the next two seasons.
Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Greg has been a big asset for us in the short term. He impressed on his debut against Widnes playing big minutes and crossing for a great try.
“He’s a mobile forward with great ball handling skills and a tough defensive mindset. While Greg has been sidelined he has knuckled down and through his dedication – alongside our fantastic strength and conditioning department – has gotten himself in fantastic shape which will show on his return to the field.
“Myself and all the performance staff have been really impressed with Greg’s attitude and we know he will be a great signing for us.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “As part of the recent deal with Widnes Vikings which saw Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain come over on loan, we’ve now managed to secure both of them on permanent deals.
“We are delighted that Greg has joined the Club on a permanent basis as we continue to build the squad for the 2019 season.
“Greg will also play a pivotal role in our remaining Qualifiers fixtures as we aim to secure our Betfred Super League status for another season.”
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Salford get Joey Lussick over the line

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the signing of Joey Lussick for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Lussick made a try-scoring NRL debut last year for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles against St George Illawarra Dragons whilst regular featuring for their feeder team – Blacktown – over the past two seasons.
The hooker has also featured for Australian Schoolboys in 2013 and spent time with Parramatta Eels’ NYC team before moving to Sydney Roosters where he graduated to the Roosters’ Intrust Super Premiership NSW team – Wyong Roos.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Joey is a strong player to add to our group at this time as he can cover all our spinal positioners and is a dominant organiser around the ruck with good deception and a great kicking game.
“He’s played Australian schoolboys with Jackson [Hastings], played at the Roosters with Jackson and at Manly with him so the combinations that normally take time to develop will already be there with a solid connection which will be a massive plus for us.
“He will add some solid support alongside Josh Wood at this moment in time. He made a try-scoring NRL debut for Manly last season with a clever acting halfback play and has been a standout performer for Manly’s feeder team – Blacktown.
“He is always high on the tackle count and really strong in defence. We’re looking forward to welcoming Joey into the side for the remainder of the season.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We are delighted to bring Joey in for the remainder of the 2018 season.
“We’ve had some tremendous help from our sponsors and loyal fans who have helped to partially fund this move. I’d like to personally thank everyone who has donated their hard-earned cash for this and it really just displays the spirit of Salford and the strength of the Club as we move into this very important stage of the season.
“Joey is a player who has played a lot of rugby with our other new signing – Jackson Hastings – and I’m really excited to see both of them in action.”
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Squad | Ed Chamberlain joins Red Devils for two years

Salford Red Devils can confirm that Ed Chamberlain has signed a two-year deal with the Club following a successful loan spell this season.
The versatile back has featured three times for the Red Devils since joining on loan being named at fullback for recent outings against Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford Tigers. Chamberlain’s kick assisted Jake Bibby’s try against the Tigers in his first start at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Ed Chamberlain said: “I’m enjoying my rugby here and I’m looking forward to continuing playing at Salford.
“I’ve played at fullback in the past few games, but I can also move into the centres and onto the wing so hopefully this allows me the opportunity to get plenty of game time.
“I’ve settled in well with the rest of the team and Ian Watson and his coaching staff have been great with me.
“I’m really excited to see where we can go as a team.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Ed’s been outstanding since he came to the Club, he’s really impressed myself and the fellow coaching staff as well as the rest of the lads.
“He’s a versatile back who has filled in at fullback this season but can also play in the centres and on the wing, which makes him a rare commodity in the modern game.
“Ed has displayed how dangerous he can be going forward as well as his organisational skills in defence and we’re confident he’ll continue to develop in the coming seasons.”
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We’re pleased to have secured Ed’s services for the next two years.
“Ed joined us midway through the season and has really impressed since coming into the side meaning it was a no-brainer to sign him on a permanent basis.
“We see Ed having a big future here at Salford Red Devils and we believe he’ll be a key player for us over the next few years.
“We’re working tirelessly behind the scenes and this has paid dividend with the acquisitions of Jackson [Hastings] and Ed however we are still looking to strengthen our squad for the middle 8s and next season.
“Hopefully, the fans will continue to back us, come out in their numbers and support the lads in our upcoming 8s campaign.”
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