Tag: Ian Blease

Salford win Battle for Hastings

Salford Red Devils have swooped to sign Aussie half-back star Jackson Hastings from the NRL, initially for the remainder of the season.
Hastings is awaiting final visa clearance and will link up with the Red Devils for the vital close of the campaign.
Salford’s Director of Rugby Ian Blease said: “Jackson is a signing that should rightly excite everybody in the city. He is an exciting match-winner and will slot into our set-up perfectly at this crucial time.
“A huge amount of hard-work behind the scenes has gone into making this happen over the past few months and we are delighted to get it over the line. Opportunities to sign players this talented do not come along too often and it speaks volumes that we have beaten off some serious competition for his signature.
“I’d like to thank the player’s agent for all his help as well as Marwan Koukash who has honoured his pledge to support the club with the acquisition of a player.”
22-year-old Hastings already has 47 NRL appearances to his name for the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles and has bagged 81 points in the process.
Salford Red Devils expect the player will join them at the AJ Bell Stadium as soon as his paperwork is complete in Australia.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “He’s a huge talent with huge potential. The fact Trent Robinson let Maloney leave the Roosters so Jackson could partner Mitchell Pearce shows his level of quality.
“Obviously there were numerous Super League clubs chasing him and we are delighted he has chosen to come to us. Hopefully together we can restart Jackson’s first grade career
“He has been the guy we have been missing in terms of organisation and kicking game. He’s looking forward to getting over here and getting stuck in, concluded Watson.
Ian Blease continued, “It’s been a tough transitional year for the Club and we continue to need all the support we can get from our fans and get them to bring a friend along to the game on Friday against Castleford Tigers (kick off 8pm, AJ Bell Stadium). It is vital we stay in Super League this year and the signing of Jackson Hastings shows that we are very serious about this aim.”

Danny Barton | “There’s a big focus from everyone at the Club on our youth”

Salford Red Devils Category Three U19’s side gathered for their first session ahead of the 2018-19 season earlier this week and Player Performance Manager Danny Barton is ‘excited’ to see the new talent progress.
Barton said: “Our first training session was fantastic.
“We’ve recruited really well when it comes to our 19s this season. We’ve got some really exciting kids on board with a lot of local talent some of whom have progressed through from our 16s.
“They’re all passionate about playing for Salford Red Devils and going as far as they can here at the Club and, maybe, even challenging for a position in the first team down the line.
“There’s a big focus from everyone at the Club on our youth at the moment.”
Danny Barton has been working closely with Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson and this has seen youngsters Sam Bardsley and Jack Ratcliffe begin training with the first team.
Barton said: “We’re all in the same mindset and we’re all local which really helps.
“It all seems to be coming together with Ian [Blease] as Director of Rugby and Ian [Watson] as Head Coach and we’re all looking to develop and further our youth development here at Salford Red Devils.
“I’d love to get someone into the first team within the next five years – that’s the goal.
“We had Jack [Ratcliffe] and Sam [Bardsley] down talking to the 19s earlier this week and discussing what it’s like training with the first team and I think some of the lads realised the opportunity they have in front of them.”
Barton’s Salford Red Devils Category Three U19s side have moved up a division for the 2018-19 season but the Player Performance Manager is confident his team can impress on the back of a restructuring of the league.
Barton said: “Fixtures for the 19s start in September but we’ll be heading into pre-season in the coming weeks.
“The lads have got some programmes from our conditioners, so they can come into pre-season fit and healthy and hopefully make an impact on the field this season.
“We are looking at having two teams at 19s this season with one team competing in the top division.
“I’m excited to see the lads progress here at Salford and I’m looking forward to getting the season underway.”
More information on the Salford Red Devils U19s fixtures will be made available nearer the beginning of their season.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Squad | Red Devils swoop for Ed Chamberlain and Greg Burke

Salford Red Devils can confirm the loan signings of Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain from Widnes Vikings with Weller Hauraki heading to the Select Security Stadium as part of the deal.
Chamberlain recently featured in the Rugby League World Cup for Ireland while Burke came through the ranks at Wigan Warriors. Hauraki – who has spent three full seasons with the Red Devils – will head the other way in the swap deal.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to bring two new players into the side at this crucial juncture of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
“Ed [Chamberlain] is an outside back which is an area we have been short in this season and his arrival will only stiffen up the competition within the outside backs. Ed’s recent exploits in the Betfred Super League and at an international level with Ireland in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup have developed him into a real prospect.
“Greg [Burke] is a player who has competed at the highest level when coming through the ranks at Wigan Warriors and will add much-needed steel to our forward pack. He has led Widnes’ pack over the last few seasons in a dominant and intimidating fashion.
“Weller [Hauraki] has been an important member of our squad over the past few seasons and has proven to be an asset both on and off the field. All the players and staff would like to wish him all the best for the future.
“The opportunity which has arisen has seen us gain two young British players in exchange for Weller and this is a massive lift to our squad.
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We’re delighted to get both Greg and Ed in for the remainder of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring some new faces into the Club and unfortunately been pipped at the post for a few players so to bring both Greg and Ed in is a massive boost for us.
“It’s important to keep things fresh and encourage competition for places within the first team squad and I believe both will improve Ian Watson’s options going into the business end of the season.
“Weller has been a fantastic servant and one of our standout quota players over the last few seasons and we’d like to wish him the best of luck for the rest of the 2018 season.”
Full interviews with Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain will be on the Club website and Salford Red Devils TV in the coming days.

Event | Josh Wood and Ian Blease to attend Supporters’ Trust event

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Salford Red Devils hooker Josh Wood will be in attendance at the next Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust event on Monday 21st May 2018.
The event will take place at Walkden Royal British Legion – the home of the “Walkden Reds” – with doors opening at 7:30pm.
From 8pm we will have a member update followed by a Q and A with Josh Wood who is proudly sponsored by the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust. Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease will then update the Supporters’ Trust on his new role and the Salford Red Devils Rugby Development strategy.
There will be an opportunity for anybody looking to join the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust to sign up, collect your Supporters’ Trust pin badge and also purchase tickets for another upcoming event – ‘An evening with Adrian Morley’ – on 15th June at Buile Hill Park.
Reserve your FREE tickets here now.
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.

Squad | Education Academy’s Sam Bardsley trains with the first team

Salford Red Devils Education Academy’s Sam Bardsley has started training with the first team following an impressive spell with the Academy sides.
Bardsley said: “All the first team lads were really welcoming, and I really enjoyed training with them. It was great to experience what they go through on a day-to-day basis.
“It was quite intense, but I feel like I managed it well and fit in well amongst the group after Head Coach Ian Watson had introduced me to everyone.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “It is important that we give our youngsters the right environment in which to build their career.
“Getting them training in the first team system is the first step in that line of progression.
“Sam is a local talent who has earned his opportunity to train with the first team after impressing with the Salford Red Devils Education Academy over the last few years.”
Bardsley continued: “I just want to stay at Salford Red Devils for as long as possible and continue to grow as a player and learn from the lads in the first team who’ve lots of experience.
“If anybody wants it enough and has the drive to try and break through here at Salford and try and train with the first team there’s no reason they can’t.
“Myself and a few other of the Salford Red Devils Education Academy lads have had the opportunity to train with the first team and hopefully we can make the most of the chance we’ve been given.”

Squad | Devils Tie Up Deal For Murray

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that highly-rated forward Daniel Murray has agreed a new two-year contract to stay at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “Several clubs had shown keen interest in Daniel and I think a couple of them thought they had a got a deal over the line, but we are delighted he has chosen to continue to develop his Super League career at Salford.
“Daniel’s is a player that is very highly-rated by myself and our coaching staff and undoubtedly one of the most promising young forward talents in the English game. He has shown a great deal of patience and willingness to and has handled these negotiations in a professional manner and we thank him for that.”
Murray was equally delighted to continue his career at the Red Devils and said: “I wanted to stay because I see my career progressing the way I want it to progress. Salford have been a credit to that. The way I have developed over two years has been perfect.
“Going forward I want to achieve a regular starting position and establish myself as a forward here.  Over last two weeks this has been the Salford we want Salford. It is about kicking on now and getting what we want to achieve in 2018.
“Thanks to the fans who come week in week out supporting the team, win, draw or lose. They are a credit to themselves and they are the reason I have decided to stay and develop here.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are really happy we have got Daniel Murray over the line. He was becoming a hot property within the game, where clubs were showing a lot of interest in acquiring his services.
“He’s a great lad and with how he’s developed over the last couple of years I think it shows the progress of Daniel and Salford.
“We picked him up two years ago having been released from Warrington and his work ethic and attitude have been first class. He is willing to listen and learn and his performances over the last couple of seasons have shown everybody the potential he has, and I’m sure he will be a Super League player for a long, long time and this new contract is a reward for his work ethic.”

Squad | Salford Red Devils sign Jake Shorrocks on one-month loan

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the acquisition of half-back Jake Shorrocks on one-month loan deal from fellow Betfred Super League club Wigan Warriors.
While Shorrocks wasn’t available for the Catalans fixture on Good Friday, the 22-year-old will be in line for selection in each of the Club’s next five Betfred Super League fixtures including the Easter Monday visit to Leeds Rhinos.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Jake is a quality young British half who featured heavily in Wigan’s first team a couple of years ago until his cruciate ligament injury unfortunately cut it short.
“He is now looking to build his reputation back up following this injury spell and I’d like to thank Wigan Warriors and Shaun Wane for allowing us to bring Jake in for a loan spell.
“With us being short and needing some competition in the halves and spine of the team it gives us another option.
“While we can help Jake rebuild, he can help us on the field this month and hopefully we’ll see some of Jake’s qualities which have made him one of the hottest prospects in the game.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “It’s nice to have been able to bring in Jake from Wigan to help us with the busy schedule over Easter and the forthcoming weeks.
“Jake is a quality young player who I’ve been a fan of for a while now and we’re hoping he can prove how good he is during this loan spell.
“Our player recruitment is still ongoing as we look to bolster our squad for the remainder of the 2018 season.”

Niall Evalds selected for England Knights Squad

Salford Red Devils’ Niall Evalds has been selected as part of the England Knights Performance Squad following a terrific start to the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
Evalds has scored four tries in as many Betfred Super League games so far in 2018 and has been one of the standout performers for Salford Red Devils in the early stages of the season.
Niall Evalds (sponsored by The Dog and Partridge, Eccles) said: “It was a big surprise when I got the call last night – I didn’t expect it at all.
“When I told the misses and my family they were all real proud so it was a really good moment for me.
“I thought I had a good backend of last year. I didn’t play much at the start of the year but I worked my way back into the team and I’ve carried that over into this season.
“It’s one step at a time but that’s ultimately everybody’s goal to play for their country as much as this is a good step I still want to take that next one and time will tell.
“All I’m concentrating on is my form for Salford wherever I play whether that be wing or full-back.”
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are all really pleased for Niall which was met with a great response from the players when announced. This is a great accolade for both Niall and the Club.
“It’s great that Salford have managed to help develop a player from the academy through to an England Knights squad and hopefully this is the start for Niall and he will go on to make future international appearances.
“The commitment Niall has shown when in and out of the team has been testament to his character and the character that we embrace as a team here at Salford.
“His form has been shown this season with four tries in four games showing what a proven finisher he his and his utility value in being able to play in any of the outside back positions will prove to be an asset to his international career.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We’re all truly delighted for Niall. He’s been playing brilliantly this season so far and has really earned his spot in the England Knights Performance squad.
“We secured Niall on a long-term deal last season and this has proved to be a fantastic move by the Club, I’ve always said that Niall is a very gifted player with a lot of natural ability and has that rare ability to score try’s from nowhere and from nothing.
“His support play also comes naturally and he has now got this selection for all his hard work and determination.”
The full squad is as follows: 
Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Bowden (Hull FC), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Dean Hadley (Hull FC), Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Chris Atkin (Hull KR), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos), James Cunningham (London Broncos), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Danny Richardson (St Helens), Luke Thompson (St Helens), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings), Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings).

Management Changes Moving the Reds Forward

Salford Red Devils can confirm change of management within the Club under the new ownership structure.
There is a huge need within the community for the Club to play an integral role in bringing young players all the way through to the first team.  The Club therefore has a pressing need for a senior role to concentrate solely on rugby performance and the management of a strategy that enables young players to progress through the ranks, innovative recruitment policies and the management of all playing operations.
The Club can therefore announce that Ian Blease will take up the role of Director of Rugby & Operations reporting directly to the new board. Former Club Captain and Salford born Ian Blease said: “We have been discussing for some time how the club can maximise the new set up and I’m honoured and excited to be taking this new role, leading our Rugby recruitment and strategy going forward.
“We will be on the search for talent to wear the Salford shirt with pride and I will soon be sitting down with Coach Watson and his assistants to look at how we can retain, strengthen and recruit for next season. I will also be focusing our attention on sports in general in and around Salford, looking for the next elite athletes.
“We will also look to introduce some sports and hopefully teams into the club that we haven’t tried before, working closely with our Community Foundation. This will obviously take some time to plan and strategise, but why not, ambitions never did anyone any harm. We will also need to align ourselves with Super League, the RFL and the sport in general to be prepared for change as it goes through some potential transitional changes”.
The need to increase commercial revenue and sponsorship remain, along with the need for tight control on the financial management of the club. Newly appointed Ian Laithwaite will take on the role of Managing Director and will focus on all things financial and commercial.
The new MD states: “Salford Red Devils is a club steeped in history and there are exciting times ahead. I have worked in sport for some time but never have I had such a wealth of businesses within such a small catchment area.
“Companies within Salford and Manchester that are interested in a commercial partnership need to get in touch and get involved. This is a great club which relies on its community to enable success”.
Anyone wishing to get involved should email the new MD at ian.laithwaite@salfordreddevils.net.

Murray Metals continue their sponsorship into 2018

Long-term sponsors and partners Murray Metals will continue their support of the Club throughout 2018 as player sponsors of Gareth O’Brien.
Murray Metals have been associated with the Club for well over a decade now through both Austin Trumann and Murray Metals.
Barry Gregory, Director of Murray Metals and lifelong Salford supporter, said: “We’ve been sponsors for fifteen years now consecutively.
“Austin Trumann’s which is part of the Murray Metals group in fact used to sponsor the stand at The Willows and we were the founding sponsor of the Platinum Club.
“We’ve had a good connection with the Club for all those years and obviously we’re regular attendees who bring clients to games.
Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, said: “We’re thrilled to have Murray Metals on board again for the 2018 season.
“They’ve been long-term sponsors and partners of the Club as have quite a few of our sponsors and we’re looking forward to working with them again this season.”
Gregory added: “Gareth O’Brien is a great player to have and is always good for brand awareness particularly with his Million Pound Game drop-goal a few years ago.
“We’re looking forward to watching Gaz in action this season and seeing our advertising on the LED boards.”
There are still sponsorship opportunities available with Salford Red Devils in 2018 with a handful of players being available as well as match sponsorship for our Betfred Super League games up for grabs.
There are also advertising opportunities available with us this season with programme ad space, perimeter boards and time on state of the art LED boards all available.
If you’re interested in any of the above please contact us on 0161 786 1590 or E-Mail Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net.