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Salford Red Devils launch new Squad Builder initiative

Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking signings last month of Aussie stars Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick, Salford Red Devils are delighted to launch a new donation-based membership scheme that will enable fans to support the Club beyond the usual purchase of a season ticket and provide the Club with the opportunity to strengthen still further before the start of the season.
Following extensive discussions at our Fans’ Focus Groups in September a desire was identified that supporters really wanted to continue to help the club financially where possible.
As the fans are aware the Club operates without a benefactor and is totally dependent on the revenues it generates to recruit and sustain the playing squad. Whilst the Club staff, board and many volunteers continue to work hard on new initiatives the Club hasn’t historically had the biggest supporter base and is restricted to operate within a self-sufficient model. It was essential therefore, that to build a competitive squad the fans could be excited about additional sources of income needed to be established.
As the success of last season’s crowd funding highlighted that our amazing supporters were totally committed to the idea of a community-led Club, the process of putting together a new onger-term initiative to raise money began.
Now, the Club is delighted to launch a new three-tiered membership package with a unique range of benefits for fans who want to ensure the Club is capable of being Competitive. The tiering system is designed to see us recruit a playing squad that can truly match some of the ‘so called’ bigger clubs.
For either a one-off cash donation or an easily-manageable monthly amount supporters will be able to access exclusive discounts and benefits all the time knowing the extra funding is going towards making Salford more competitive and allowing us to make further signings of the calibre of Hastings and Lussick going forward.
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “It’s obvious we are fortunate to have such an amazing hardcore of supporters who will go above and beyond when we need them to help us out. Everybody knows we have no benefactor like most teams so, after the remarkable achievement of winning the Super League Qualifiers we have gone all out to build on that success next season, but we need funds to enable us to compete at the maximum possible level.
“The Club was extremely grateful for the opportunity the fans gave it to bring Joey Lussick to the Club, and saw it as a pilot for this innovation of the Squad Builder. We are now looking at a different level of funding to allow us bring further acquisitions to the Club so that we can progress further as a competitive Super League team in 2019.”
Below is a table of prices and benefits and fans can sign up via a monthly Direct Debit form by CLICKING HERE. Or, alternatively, you can make a one-off card or cheque payment at the Salford Red Devils offices at the AJ Bell Stadium or Direct Bank transfer.


Privileges
Silver

  1. Name on members roll call on programme page. (20 characters max) *
  2. Welcome pack – personalised thank you letter, certificate of membership and membership card.
  3. Attendance at special pre-season squad launch event. **
  4. Voucher at 10% discount on 2019 Magic Weekend replica jersey. (after 3 months payments have been made)
  5. 1 Complimentary ticket for 2019 Players Awards Evening (8pm arrival, post-dinner) ****

Gold

  1. Name on members roll call on programme page. (20 characters max) *
  2. Welcome pack – personalised thank you letter, certificate of membership and membership card.
  3. Attendance at a special pre-season squad launch event. **
  4. Complimentary Magic Weekend replica jersey. ***
  5. 2 Complimentary tickets for 2019 Players Awards Evening with dinner included. ****
  6. Early release information/availability on ‘An Evening with the two Ians’.

Platinum

  1. Name on members roll call on programme page. (20 characters max) *
  2. Welcome pack – personalised thank you letter, certificate of membership and membership card.
  3. Attendance at a special pre-season squad launch event. **
  4. Complimentary Magic weekend replica jersey with serial number and name embroidered. ***
  5. 2 Complimentary VIP tickets for 2019 Players Awards Evening with dinner included and a player on your table. ****
  6. Complimentary Ticket for ‘An Evening with two Ians’. ++
  7. Platinum Members Team Photo with Salford Red Devils 2019 squad. +++

*  The club reserve the right to refuse any text at their discretion.
**  For the pre-season launch event please note that the club reserve the right to refuse admission to the event.  The event details will be emailed to all members who qualify no later than 7 calendar days beforehand.  In the event of the member being unable to attend no alternative is offered.  In the unlikely event that the launch event does not go ahead, no alternative will be offered.
***  Shirts will not be issued until a minimum of 6 months payments have been received.  Only the size on the order form will be issued, no exchanges are allowed, in the event of no size being given then a Large Boys shirt will be issued.  In the event of a platinum membership the serial number and name to be stitched inside the collar must be stated on the joining form and be of no more than 20 characters.
**** 2019 Players Awards Evening – subject to a minimum of 6 months payments being received. .  The event details will be emailed to all members who qualify no later than 7 calendar days beforehand.  In the event of the member being unable to attend no alternative is offered.  In the unlikely event that the launch event does not go ahead, no alternative will be offered.
++ Ticket for “An Evening with two Ian’s” – The event details will be emailed to all members who qualify no later than 7 calendar days beforehand.  In the event of the member being unable to attend no alternative is offered.  In the unlikely event that the event does not go ahead, no alternative will be offered.  A minimum age of 18 years of age (proof of age may be required on demand).
+++  Platinum members team photo option  – The event details will be emailed to all members who qualify no later than 7 calendar days beforehand.  In the event of the member being unable to attend no alternative is offered.  In the unlikely event that the event does not go ahead, no alternative will be offered.  Each platinum member will only be able to attend on their own, please note that the club reserve the right to refuse admission to the event.

Jackson Hastings | “I can get myself up for a game of ping-pong”

It was at the ripe old age of four that Jackson Hastings first set off to follow in his father, Kevin’s, footsteps to become a professional rugby league player, and, he still keeps, back home, a photograph of himself in a Sydney City Roosters’ jersey – sleeping with a rugby ball rather than a teddy bear – to prove it. He was not allowed to play the game until he was eight, however, because his father, knowing the sheer physicality of the game, was concerned about the slightness of Jackson’s build.
Instead therefore, he filled his time, and appetite for sport, by playing football, for which he is now most grateful as he believes it helped him, considerably, to develop his kicking game, when he did eventually take up rugby league.
Although he never had the opportunity to witness his father playing, the fact that Kevin was such an integral part, as half back, of the Roosters, it is hardly surprising that Jackson grew up watching their renowned Championship winning side of 2002, and their Grand Final winning team of 2003 and 2004, containing, of course, Salford born and future Red Devils’ captain, Adrian Morley.
Most remarkably, the junior team which he joined was another Red Devils side – Wests Illawarra Red Devils – which proved to be an extremely successful move for him with his age group winning eleven competitions in a row, and he stayed with them for a full ten seasons, right through to the age of eighteen. Being a goal kicker, he had a head start when it came to his being awarded the year’s Leading Points Scorer Award, alongside twice being recognised as Man of the Match, in Grand Finals.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have played in some really good teams, throughout my career, but there have been one or two lean years when we have struggled, and those make you realise that it isn’t as easy as you could start to believe it was.”
At the age of sixteen, he was offered a full-time contract with his childhood idols, Sydney City Roosters, which, as will be appreciated, was a massive step up into the professional environment, but, most impressively, by the age of eighteen he was making a winning NRL debut against South Sydney, in the final game of the season.
“We had to win that game to win the Minor Premiership. I came off the bench and played hooker, to face the likes of Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess, and Isaac Luke. It is something I shall never forget. I was also fortunate enough to win the same trophy in my final year with them, too.”
Sydney Roosters, as they are now named, rather like Super League’s own Wigan Warriors, has a special aura about them which singles them out from the remainder of the pack. Having been part of that environment, Jackson puts this down to the fact that they were one of the original clubs formed, with a considerable amount of history behind them including the winning of sixteen cups, being financially well off which means they can attract top class players, and consequently always fighting to win Premierships.
Four, highly successful seasons with the Roosters came to an end, at the age of twenty-one with a move across to Manly, in 2016, before coming half way round the globe to join us here at the A J Bell. Having enjoyed the luxuries afforded by clubs in the NRL, Jackson is completely open in his assessment of Salford, the club with whom his allegiance now lies.
“Comparing Salford with a team like the Roosters, with all their financial power and clout, would be difficult, but in comparison with Manly it would be more than favourable, and the fans especially are absolutely great, here.”
He was, from the very outset, fully aware of the importance to the Red Devils of the seven fixtures which make up the end of season competition known as the Qualifiers, but was never even remotely daunted about it.
“I always want to win every game I take part in; it doesn’t matter whether it’s for promotion, to avoid relegation, to win a trophy, or just a run-of-the-mill league game, I always want to win. I grew up having to win every single game of whatever. Be it out on the field or on the play-station, I have to win. I just have that mentality of ‘win at all costs’ so to me it was just so much water off a duck’s back being involved in the Qualifiers.
“I keow it really meant a lot in the grand scheme of things, but as far as getting up for it was concerned, I can get up for a game of ping pong. I am just wanting to win every single match that comes along.
“Unfortunately, I missed two games which were extremely hard to watch, though I was super impressed with how the boys played and conducted themselves. By the time the Toulouse game came along I was jumping out of my skin to be back in the side and aiming to finish the season on a high note, which we did.
“I would like to thank the fans, teammates and club for the great nine weeks.”
 

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.”

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. For all 2019 Season Ticket prices click here.
To check out all FAQ’s regarding 2019 Season Tickets click here.  
#TogetherStronger

Community | Jackson Hastings attends U9 Development Evening

Salford halfback Jackson Hastings attended the U9’s Development Evening at local community club Cadishead Rhinos and was met by a raft of young Red Devils.
This was the third U9’s Development Evening ran by the Salford Red Devils Foundation with two previous events being held at Langworthy Reds and the AJ Bell Stadium.
There have been around 40 children at each event from local community clubs Cadishead Rhinos, Langworthy Reds, Salford Roosters and Folly Lane.
Hastings, sponsored by Advanced Steel, said: “It was a fantastic experience for me to go down and see all the young locals playing rugby.
“There were some great players there who definitely have the potential to make a career in the game further down the line.
“I know how touch Salford are with the local community and it was great for me to represent the Club in this capacity.”

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man to visit London Broncos

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for this weekend’s trip to London Broncos in the Qualifiers.  
Ben Nakubuwai returns to the 19-man squad after picking up a shoulder knock a few weeks ago in the victory over Halifax.
Jack Littlejohn could feature for the first time in three months with fellow halfback Josh Wood missing out after picking up a knock last week against Leeds.
Jansin Turgut retains his place in the squad after debuting at the Emerald Headingley Stadium last weekend. Gavin Bennion could also feature for the first time since the win over Leeds Rhinos in July.
Greg Johnson is also included after a lay-off with a foot injury. Luke Burgess also returns to the squad after serving a one-game suspension following his red card in the win over Toronto Wolfpack.
Jackson Hastings will serve the second of a two-match suspension following his dismissal in the closing stages of the win over Toronto. Junior Sa’u just misses out with an arm injury. Lee Mossop, Lama Tasi and George Griffin are all out of the 19-man squad.
The full squad is as follows:
Gavin Bennion, Luke Burgess, Greg Burke, Mark Flanagan, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Craig Kopczak, Ryan Lannon, Joey Lussick, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Derrell Olpherts, Jansin Turgut, Kris Welham, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Jake Bibby, Ed Chamberlain.
 
Tickets for this fixture are available at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and are available to purchase up until 3pm on Friday 21st September.

Squad | 19-man named for Qualifiers visit to Leeds Rhinos

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s Qualifiers clash with Leeds Rhinos at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, 7:45pm kick-off. 
Jack Littlejohn returns to the 19-man squad after a period on the sidelines with a bicep injury. Littlejohn scored twice – from fullback – in his last appearance against Warrington Wolves at the end of June.
Ryan Lannon retains his place after making a try-scoring return in Saturday’s victory over Toronto Wolfpack. George Griffin is also named after his first appearance since late June in last weekend’s win.
Luke Burgess will miss the game through suspension after receiving a red card in last week’s game against Toronto. Jackson Hastings will also serve his first of a two-game ban after he also saw red in the victory.
The 19-man squad in full is as follows: 
Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Craig Kopczak, George Griffin, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Tyrone McCarthy, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke, Joey Lussick.
 
Tickets for our trip to Leeds Rhinos are still available from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone up until 3pm on Friday 14th September. Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any early purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium. Supporters’ Coach travel is also available to book over the phone or at the AJ Bell Stadium  Ticket Office.

Disciplinary | Luke Burgess and Jackson Hastings suspended

Salford Red Devils can confirm that Luke Burgess and Jackson Hastings have both received suspensions following red cards in Saturday’s victory over Toronto Wolfpack.
Burgess was sent from the field following a high tackle in the 53rd minute and has been handed a one-match suspension meaning he will miss Friday’s game against Leeds Rhinos.
Hastings who received a red card after a high tackle on Gareth O’Brien in the final minute has been given a two-game suspension meaning he will miss Friday’s trip to Leeds Rhinos and the forthcoming fixture with London Broncos.

Factfile | Salford Red Devils vs Toronto Wolfpack | Saturday 8th September

Ahead of Saturday’s massive Qualifiers clash between Salford Red Devils and Toronto Wolfpack we delve into some interesting facts behind the fixture. 
Super League vs Championship
While the teams are now competing in The Qualifiers, Salford have been in Super League throughout the 2018 season while Toronto are fighting to earn promotion from the Championship.
Salford have lost to a Championship team this season, however. The Red Devils suffered defeat at the hands of Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village in Round Five of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. However, last week’s victory over Halifax got them back to winning ways against Championship opposition.


The Wolfpack have faced Super League opposition on three previous occasions but are yet to earn a victory. They fell to the Red Devils in last year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before Warrington Wolves dumped them out of this season’s competition. Most recently, they suffered a narrow Qualifiers defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers at Lamport Stadium.
Home vs Away 
Salford Red Devils’ home form has been fantastic since the start of June winning three of their last four games at the AJ Bell Stadium with a big victory over Leeds in between a double over Widnes Vikings.
This weekend, Ian Watson’s side will be looking to win three consecutive home games for the first time since May 2017 when the Red Devils beat Widnes Vikings, Hull Kingston Rovers and Catalans Dragons.
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Toronto Wolfpack will be travelling to England for the second time in this Qualifiers campaign following a Round One victory over Halifax RLFC. While a lot is made of the travel aspect of Toronto’s schedule they have actually won each of their last eight away games plus two games at a venue away from Lamport Stadium.
In fact, the Wolfpack have actually dropped more points at home than away throughout the 2018 season. Toronto drew against Barrow and lost to London on the road but are now unbeaten away from home since the beginning of March.
Try-scoring
Junior Sa’u has been in fine try-scoring form in recent weeks powering his way over for back-to-back doubles. Sa’u scored three tries in similar fashion against Widnes and Halifax before pulling off a fantastic catch to round off Salford’s scoring last week at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Both Rob Lui and Niall Evalds fantastic try-scoring runs stalled last weekend despite the Red Devils crossing for twelve scores at Halifax. Evalds has still crossed for four tries in his last four outings for Salford while Lui has scored three tries in last four outings. Jackson Hastings has also notched three tries in his opening four games in a Red Devils shirt.


The Wolfpack’s most frequent try-scorer in The Qualifiers may come as a surprise as Andrew Dixon has scored three tries in Toronto’s opening three games. They have had seven other try-scorers in The Qualifiers so far with Andy Ackers, Nick Rawsthorne, Blake Wallace, Gareth O’Brien, Josh McCrone and Mason Caton-Brown also going over.
 
Welcome the Wolfpack! 
Tickets for our next home game against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 8th September are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or SAVE MONEY by buying online, just CLICK HERE.

Jackson Hastings | “We have to make sure we do our homework”

Salford Red Devils halfback Jackson Hastings appeared on the BBC’s Super League Show and spoke about his impact at the AJ Bell Stadium and the difficulty of the upcoming fixture against Toronto Wolfpack.
Hastings, sponsored by Advanced Steel and speaking on BBC’s Super League show, said: “The results we’ve had have been nothing short of amazing.
“I think I just wanted to bring a bit of control and leadership and also a bit of energy and enthusiasm in attack. Everything I do is to play quick and with a positive energy.
“The position we’ve been in as a Club and then finding ourselves in The Qualifiers you have to do everything with a positive mindset. You can’t go into games thinking I hope we win, or I hope this comes off you’ve got to be really positive in your approach.”
The Red Devils face Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium looking to make it four from four in The Qualifiers however Hastings knows how tough the game will be.
“This week’s game – apart from the first – will probably be our hardest test.
“Toronto are the Betfred Championship side who everyone thinks can really make the Betfred Super League and be competitive so if we’re off by an inch we’ll get done.
“We have to make sure we do our homework and be ready to go.”
You can watch what Jackson Hastings thought of all this weekend’s Betfred Super League and The Qualifiers fixtures by watching the show in full HERE.
 
Welcome the Wolfpack! 
Tickets for our next home game against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 8th September are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or SAVE MONEY by buying online, just CLICK HERE.

Richard Marshall | “I don’t see them losing a game”

Following Salford’s huge 4-62 victory this past weekend Halifax boss Richard Marshall was full of praise for the Red Devils.
Marshall said: “That’s the best team that’s been to the Shay in a long time. We’ve not played a team as good as that this year.
“Our home form has been outstanding and for them to come and rack up 60 was very good for them.
“Jackson Hastings: Wow what a player he is. He was the orchestrator of our downfall. We knew he had some threats. We thought Robert Lui was good as well with Niall Evalds at the back.
“I don’t see them losing a game, they were white hot.”
Salford will be looking to make it four from four as they take on Toronto Wolfpack at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday 8th August, 3:15pm kick-off.
 
Welcome the Wolfpack! 
Tickets for our next home game against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 8th September are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or SAVE MONEY by buying online, just CLICK HERE.