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Ian Watson – “A few of them impressed me to be fair”

Following an impressive 50-12 victory over local rivals Swinton Lions, Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson praised the performances of his new additions. 
Levy Nzoungou, Ben Nakubuwai, Gavin Bennion, Jack Littlejohn and Derrell Olpherts all wore the Red Devils shirt for the first time and Watson was impressed with all of them.
Watson said: “A few of them impressed me to be fair. I thought Derrell took his opportunities well he was strong in his back field play as well.
“Levy did well as well when he came on in his spell he was good in his wrestle and ran strongly and was really difficult to put down but all of the guys have stepped up and put their hand up to say I’m here.”
“Gavin Bennion finished off with a nice try at the end there as well but we did have a bit of a scare at the beginning as we thought he’d done his neck but it seems alright now.
“So all the new guys who have come in on the backend of last season have adapted really well and jumped on board with what we’re trying to do and what we’re about as a Club so it’s good.”
Overall Watson was happy to give the majority of his squad a runout and help them continue to gel as a team under the pressure of an actual game.
Watson said: “It was important just to get a little bit of continuity between some of the guys and the spine of the team in a game situation so having a good run there and coming through it healthy is a big plus for us.
“I thought the way we kind of set up from the beginning the team outlined what we wanted to get out of the game which was to start well and we started really well and I’d say the teams application on the back of it was the main thing for us today.”
One player who didn’t feature despite being named in the matchday squad was Kriss Brining however Watson cleared up any injury worries surrounding the former York City Knights hooker.
Watson said: “Kriss Brining just had a little twinge in his neck but he’s fine if it had been a cup final he could have probably played but it was pointless risking him in a pre-season friendly when you’ve got Josh Wood playing the way he did and Logan out there as well.”

Salford Red Devils vs Swinton Lions – Preview

Salford are set to open their 2018 season against local rivals Swinton Lions as an old rivalry is renewed in the Red Devils first warm-up game before another Betfred Super League Season.
Swinton will visit the AJ Bell Stadium (1pm kick-off) looking to cause an upset and there is a whole host of new faces on show for both sides.
Match Preview 
Salford versus Swinton has long been a fierce rivalry and many in the local community are excited to see its return but there are a lot of stories around both clubs heading into Sunday’s game.
The Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson was the man in charge at Swinton before making the move to the AJ Bell Stadium and spent time with both clubs throughout his playing career. On the other hand, Stuart Littler has also spent time with both teams as a player and he will lead the Lions into battle this weekend.
From the sidelines to the boardrooms and both clubs are entering new eras. Last week it was confirmed that ownership of Salford Red Devils had been transferred to a consortium of Salford supporters following Dr Marwan Koukash’s five-year tenure. Swinton have also had a change at the top as Andy Mazey has taken the reins as Chairman and will be looking to steer the Lions in a new direction. 
Last Time Out
This weekend’s fixture will be the first runout before the 2018 season for both the Red Devils and Swinton Lions but both clubs have something to build on after 2017.
Salford experienced their most successful season in recent memory with a 4th place regular season finish in the Betfred Super League as well as making an appearance in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final for the first time in twenty years. Ian Watson’s side will be looking for another top eight finish and to build on last year’s single victory in the Super 8s.
As for the Lions, Swinton avoided relegation to League One with a memorable win over Lancashire rivals Oldham following a difficult season both on and off the field. Swinton have made wholesale changes both at the top and on the field and will be looking to consolidate themselves as a Championship side for the foreseeable future.
Previous Meetings 
Salford and Swinton is a rivalry that stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century with the two local rivals meeting in the 1899-1900 Challenge Cup final in which Swinton came out victorious 16-8.
The last time the two sides met was in the 2015 pre-season, almost three years to the day, as the local community banded together to commemorate the life of aid worker Alan Henning. The Red Devils had a comfortable afternoon against the Lions 66-4 and for an in-depth look at the game click here.
While they’ll not be directly in competition in terms of position both Salford and Swinton have new additions set to start – Jack Littlejohn and Hayden Hansen.
Both men have come from Australia to further their careers and Littlejohn has big boots to fill taking the role of Salford cult hero Michael Dobson following his retirement. Littlejohn has gained NRL experience with the Wests Tigers and is a big, dynamic half-back who could hold the keys to unlocking the Lions defence.
As for Hansen, he has arrived from Queensland Intrust Super Cup team Redcliffe Dolphins for whom he was captain. Hansen can play at hooker or loose forward and is a powerful runner whose eye for a killer pass will make him a serious threat in the Championship next season.
Team News
Swinton have made 13 additions to the squad in the off-season, but Head Coach Stuart Littler has only been able to name a 18-man squad due to several minor injuries.
New signings George Tyson, Hayden Hansen, Aaron Hall, Elliot Caine, Marcus Webb, Danny Ansell, Connor Taylor and Chris Worrell could all pull on the Lions’ shirt for the first time. Meanwhile, Gabe Fell will be in line to make his second debut for the club upon his return to the Lions from Wigan. French trailist Omer Djalout is also involved in the Lions’ matchday squad.
Marquee player Matt Sarsfield, who rejoined the club in 2017, will be keen to make an impact having only featured for the Lions twice last season due to long-term injury.
New signing Littlejohn will start in the halves alongside Gareth O’Brien while 2017 top try-scorer Niall Evalds will begin the game at full-back. Youngsters Josh Wood and Jake Bibby will also both start the game.
Ben Nakubuwai, Levy Nzoungou, Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion will all start bench for Salford Red Devils but Head Coach Ian Watson has said that everybody named in the matchday squad will feature at some stage.
Meanwhile, suspended Ryan Lannon and Luke Burgess who is recovering from a small knock are the only two Salford players who don’t make the matchday squad.
Full Squads
Salford: (Starting Line-Up): Evalds, Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Bibby; O’Brien, Littlejohn; Tasi, Wood, Mossop, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy. (Interchanges): Lui, Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Flanagan, Nakubuwai, Brining, Vatuvei, Olpherts, Nzoungou, Murray, Bennion.
Swinton: Ansell, Austin, Bracek, Butt, Caine, Djalout, Fell, Hall, Hankinson, J. Hansen, H. Hansen, Lloyd, Sarsfield, Taylor, Tyson, Waterworth, Webb, Worrall. 
Referee: M. Griffiths.
Touch Judges: S. Houghton & A. Smith.

Ian Watson confirms his 2018 squad numbers

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has revealed his sides squad numbers ahead of the 2018 season.
New signing Jack Littlejohn takes the number seven shirt in place of Michael Dobson who departed the Club at the end of last season.
Ben Nakubuwai will wear 18, Derrell Olpherts will wear 22, Levy Nzoungou will wear 25 while Gavin Bennion will wear 27.
Winger Greg Johnson moves from 21 to number two while Josh Jones moves up to 11 and Kris Welham moves to 3. Manu Vatuvei and Tyrone McCarthy, who arrived midway through the 2017 season, have been issued with numbers 21 and 17, respectively.
Here are the 2018 squad numbers in full:

Remember you can see all the Red Devils in action for the first time in 2018 when Salford renew an old rivalry against Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 14th January, 1pm kick-off.
To purchase your tickets visit the Club Ticket Office, phone 0161 786 1570 or click here.
Also, fans can still purchase Season Tickets from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or here. If you’d like to secure your Season Ticket on a six-month Direct Debit scheme you’ll need to visit the Club Ticket Office or phone 0161 786 1570.

Tickets are now on sale for our friendly vs Swinton

Tickets are now on sale for our first pre-season friendly against Swinton Lions on Sunday 14th January at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1pm kick-0ff.
We are delighted to offer 2018 Season Ticket holders a discounted price to our ‘Season Launch’ event prior to the game in the 1873 suite. Come and purchase your ticket now to watch two local rivals go head-to-head as an old rivalry is renewed.
Employees of Salford Council, Manchester Council, Trafford Council and Peel Holdings will also receive discounted prices paying concession fee for their tickets.
You can now purchase tickets for our game against local rivals Swinton from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
The ticket prices are:
Adult Season Ticket holder with access to season launch: £13
Concession Season Ticket holder with access to season launch: £8
Adult non-Season Ticket holder with access to season launch: £15
Concession non-Season Ticket holder with access to season launch: £10
Adult without access to season launch: £10
Concession without access to season launch: £5
This will be your first chance to see the Red Devils in action in 2018 with new signings such as Luke Burgess, Jack Littlejohn and Ben Nakubuwai set to feature.
The Club Ticket Office is open from 9am-9:30pm throughout the week whilst also being open between 10am-4pm over the weekend for fans to come and purchase their tickets.
Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here. Fans can pay for their Season Tickets in seven instalments via Direct Debit by visiting the Ticket Office or phoning 0161 786 1570.

Six Salford Red Devils are available for sponsorship

A handful of Salford Red Devils are still available for sponsorship for the upcoming 2018 season including three new acquisitions.
Former Super League and NRL winner Luke Burgess, who re-signed with the Club for a second spell, is available for sponsorship in 2018. Burgess impressed in the 2016 Qualifiers campaign appearing in all eight fixtures.
Fellow new signings Jack Littlejohn and Levy Nzoungou are also available for sponsorship. Littlejohn has joined from NRL side Wests Tigers while Nzoungou has come through the ranks at St Helens and was an instrumental part of an unbeaten campaign for their Academy side.
Logan Tomkins, who was a regular starter for the Red Devils last season, is available for player sponsorship while young guns Jake Bibby and Josh Wood who both broke into the first team last year are also available to sponsor.
Player sponsors will be announced throughout the stadium on matchdays. They will also feature in the matchday programme alongside their player as well as on any interviews their player does in the programme or on video. Player sponsors will also be mentioned in website interviews with players as well as on their website profile page.
For more information on any of the above please E-Mail Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net.

Remember to see the Red Devils in action in 2018 you can purchase your Season Ticket at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here. A list of all our ticket prices and their respective Direct Debit payment schemes can be found here with the Direct Debit option being available from the Ticket Office or over the phone.

Jack Littlejohn – “I’ve only heard good things about the Club”

Yesterday the Red Devils confirmed the signing of half-back Jack Littejohn and the Australian has given his initial thoughts on signing for Salford.
Littlejohn, who arrives on Monday morning, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started and meeting everyone around the place. I’ve only heard good things about the Club and the fans so I can’t wait.
“I know a little bit about Super League. I love my footy on TV back home so I’ll watch it when I can I’ve see a few games and I have a couple of mates who play over here so it’s always good to watch them.
“Obviously, I played a bit with Lama Tasi at the Sydney Roosters and also played alongside big Luke Burgess at Manly in 2015 so it’ll be good to see a few familiar faces when I arrive.
“I think I was ready for a change and excited about starting a new challenge so what bigger challenge is there than moving to the other side of the world to play footy.
“Like I said I can’t wait to get started with Salford and meet the all my teammates, the staff and the fans.”
To see what Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson had to say on the signing click here or to read Salford Red Devils CEO Ian Blease’s thoughts on the signing click here.

Remember to see Jack Littejohn in action in 2018 you can purchase your Salford Red Devils Season Ticket. For a full list of Season Ticket prices click here, for a breakdown of each tickets Direct Debit payment scheme click here. Visit the Club Ticket Office, phone 0161 786 1570 or click to buy online here. Online purchases can’t be done via Direct Debit.


Ian Watson – “A young half mentored by Andrew Johns”

Earlier today the Salford Red Devils confirmed the signing of Australian half-back Jack Littlejohn on a two-year deal.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson feels Littlejohn will strengthen his squad even further following the signings of Manu Vatuvei, Tyrone McCarthy, Gavin Bennion, Derrell Olpherts, Levy Nzoungou and Luke Burgess.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “The signing of Jack brings another leader into the group which can only make us stronger.”
“Jack has got fantastic leadership skills and the players who have played alongside Jack say he’s a good talker and a great organiser. He’s a young half who was mentored by Andrew Johns at Manly.
“He’s a quality addition on the back of the signing of Luke Burgess because their experience in the NRL alone will add to our youthful squad. Jack is coming here on the back of his best season in the NRL in which he featured in 15 games.
“When he was half-back alongside Mitchell Moses at Wests Tigers they won some big games including against the North Queensland Cowboys.
“Jack will fit into our team first environment here at Salford because of his work ethic. He’s a brilliant trainer, works extremely hard off the ball and does a lot for his teammates which is something we promote.
“The addition of Jack gives us genuine competition for a position in the halves. We’re bringing Jack in at the right age and now is the time for him to come and try to nail down a regular place. He’s a hungry player who wants to make a career for himself by coming to the Super League and impressing.
“Hopefully it should be easy for him to settle having played at Sydney Roosters with Lama Tasi and at Manly with Luke Burgess where Jack sat behind a quality half in Daly Cherry-Evans much like Rob Lui did at North Queensland and we know what a good signing he’s been for the Club.”
Remember if you’d like to see Jack Littlejohn in action in 2018 you can do so by purchasing your 2018 Salford Red Devils Season Ticket. For a full list of Season Ticket prices click here, for a breakdown of each tickets Direct Debit payment scheme click here. Visit the Club Ticket Office, phone 0161 786 1570 or click to buy online here. Online purchases can’t be done via Direct Debit.

Salford capture new half-back Jack Littlejohn

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the signing of Australian half-back Jack Littlejohn for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The 26-year old from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales made his NRL debut in 2014 with Manly and has spent the last two seasons with Wests Tigers making 16 appearances.
Jack will arrive in Manchester on Monday and will immediately meet up with his new team-mates for pre-season training.
Red Devils’ CEO, Ian Blease, said: “I was extremely impressed with Jack’s attitude when Ian Watson and myself spoke to him. I have no doubt he’s going to be a terrific addition to the squad.
“We have been on the lookout for a quality replacement for Michael Dobson and believe we have found him. Jack is coming over to make a name for himself and all the Salford fans should be extremely excited to see him in action this coming season.”
We will have more from Ian Watson on the Jack Littlejohn signing later today.

Remember to see Jack Littejohn in action in 2018 you can purchase your Salford Red Devils Season Ticket. For a full list of Season Ticket prices click here, for a breakdown of each tickets Direct Debit payment scheme click here. Visit the Club Ticket Office, phone 0161 786 1570 orclick to buy online here. Online purchases can’t be done via Direct Debit.