Tag: Ian Blease

Salford capture young French forward Levy Nzoungou

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of young French prop-forward Levy Nzoungou.
Nzoungou spent last season at Championship Shield winners Toulouse Olympique following a short spell in the youth system with NRL giants Melbourne Storm.
The prop-forward came through the ranks at St Helens and helped their U19’s side win the Academy Grand Final against local rivals Wigan Warriors on the back of an unbeaten season in 2016.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Levy is a big young athletic middle who impressed when playing for Toulouse.
“I watched Levy play at Toulouse once he came back from Melbourne and the impact he made coming off the bench in the Championship showed he’d developed and learned from his experiences in Australia and at St Helens which we hope to continue here at Salford.
“His strength and leg speed made him a standout performer and his attitude in defence is a clear reflection on his time with Melbourne.”
Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, added: “Levy is an exciting new capture who I know Coach Watson has had his eye for a while now. I was delighted when we agreed terms for such a talented athlete and I’m looking forward to seeing Levy challenge for a first team spot at the start of the new season.
“Levy is another addition from our new signings that the Club are currently finalising along with Coach Watson. We are strengthening the current squad as promised with talented and hungry individuals that will assist our club to build on last seasons Super League position and push towards another successful year.”
Nzoungou is now the Red Devils fifth addition for the 2018 season following the signings of Manu Vatuvei, Tyrone McCarthy, Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion.
 
Remember if you want to see Levy Nzoungou in action you can purchase your 2018 Season Ticket now. A full breakdown of Season Ticket prices can be found here while a full Direct Debit breakdown per ticket can be found here.

Salmon King join the Red Devils for 2018

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that Salmon King will be one of our main partners for the 2018 season.
Tony Frame and the Salmon King have been proud supporters of the Salford Red Devils in recent seasons featuring on our 2017 playing kit – a deal which they have chosen to extend into the 2018 season.
Salmon King also sponsored Josh Wood and Ben Murdoch-Masila in the 2017 season and will again sponsor two of the Red Devils players for the 2018 season.
Salmon King, based at Bolton Market, offers a wide variety of top quality fish at wholesale prices with extra special discounts. Salmon King can be found at stalls 14, 15 and 16 and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Salford Red Devils CEO Ian Blease said: “We’re thrilled to have Salmon King on board again for the 2018 season.
“Tony Frame and everyone down at Salmon King have been big supporters of the Club and it’s fantastic that they want to sponsor us again throughout the 2018 season.”
Last week Advanced Steel also confirmed that they would continue to sponsor the Club in 2018.
 
Anyone seeking any sponsorship opportunities with the Salford Red Devils should contact Fiona.woods@salfordreddevils.net.

Seven players to leave the Salford Red Devils

The Salford Red Devils can confirm that seven players have departed the club following the end of the 2017 season.
Michael Dobson, Todd Carney, Olsi Krasniqi, Adam Walne, Jordan Walne, Liam Bent and Connor Williams will not be part of the squad heading into 2018.
Dobson, who has spent three seasons with Salford, confirmed he would return home to Australia last month in search of new avenues in coaching and development and to take his family home.
Head Coach Ian Watson confirmed – following the Red Devils Super 8s fixture with Leeds – that Carney would no longer be a part of the squad heading into 2018. Carney arrived at the club from Catalans Dragons earlier this season.
Krasniqi also confirmed his departure last month with the Albanian-born forward set for a move to newly promoted Championship side Toronto Wolfpack.
Long-serving brothers Adam and Jordan Walne have both also left the club having made 75 and 55 appearances for the club, respectively.
Youngsters Connor Williams and Liam Bent will also not be a part of the 2018 roster.
CEO Ian Blease said: “We’d like to thank all seven players for their services to the club.
He added: “As a club, we’d like to wish each of them all the very best for the future.”
 
2018 Season Ticket details are coming up this week. 

CEO and Coach enjoy dinner with Salford legends

Red Devils CEO Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson enjoyed dinner with Salford legends Graham Jones, Jack Brennan, Hugh Duffy and John Cheshire.
The quartet joined Ian Blease and Ian Watson at Alberts Restaurant in Worsley and traded stories from their time at Salford as well as having a meal and presenting each other with commemorative plates. Red Devils CEO Ian Blease invited the former Salford players to our final game of the season against St Helens on Thursday 21st September.
CEO Ian Blease said: “These men are legends not only of Salford rugby league – but rugby league in general.
“It was really enjoyable and eye-opening to hear stories from these Salford icons and, as a club, we think it’s important we keep people like this involved with the club.”
Jack Brennan made 317 appearances for the Salford between 1959 and 1970 scoring 70 tries from half-back. Brennan was installed as captain of the Red Devils and featured in their 1969 Wembley defeat to Castleford in the Challenge Cup final.
John Cheshire signed for Salford in 1955 after switching codes from Cross Keys R.U. club. Cheshire featured for Salford 255 times crossing for 43 tries and his consistent performances earned him an International call-up for the Welsh National team as they faced France in 1959.
Graham Jones also featured for the Welsh National side in the same game as Cheshire while they were teammates at Salford. The half-back was another star for the Red Devils throughout the 1950’s.
Hugh Duffy had already earned an appearance for Scotland Rugby Union before signing for Salford. He was unfortunate never to make an international appearance in Rugby League but did feature for an R.L XIII against New Zealand before testing himself against Kiwi and Australian tourists for the Red Devils. The loose-forward scored over 50 tries in 241 games for Salford.
Tickets are available for our final home game of the 2017 season and can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website here. Season Ticket holders are reminded that their season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games but our encourage to look at our hospitality deal offered to them for our final home game vs Saints.

Red Devils enjoy Daytona racing experience

Despite having a rare weekend off the Red Devils player’s competitive nature hasn’t been pushed aside as the first team went racing at Daytona Manchester.
The unlikely duo of Kris Welham and Weller Hauraki came in first place while Jordan Walne and Jack Ratcliffe were in 2nd with the coaching team of Martin Gleeson and Ian Watson earning a bronze medal.
Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s always good to do stuff like this it’s keeps a good energy in the camp and gives the players a bit of time to relax.
“This week off is going to be good for us, we need to find a balance between training and freshening people up mentally and physically as well.
“Other teams have had weeks off to freshen up and to be honest some of our guys are probably mentally beat at the moment.
“Hopefully it’ll give us time to get a couple of players back too and get some experience back in the side.”
Red Devils CEO Ian Blease added: “In the difficult spells, it’s important that you keep a strong bond between the lads and keep morale high in the camp which everyone here at Salford is fully aware of.
“The on-the-field stuff can become all-encompassing at times and sometimes you just need to take a step back and have a bit of time to relax, recover and recharge the batteries.
“That’s what the lads have done this week, they’ve had a bit of a break and we’ve had them out at things such as the Daytona racing to keep spirits high and to ease the pressure on them.
“We’ve got four massive games coming up so we want the lads to be in the perfect physical and mental state to give it all they’ve got and we feel that allowing a bit of down time was the ideal way to do so.”
Tickets are on sale for all Red Devils Super 8s home games as we look to fill The Shed against Wakefield. Fans can buy their tickets over the phone, at the club ticket office or online by clicking here. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.