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Group vaccinations in the Red Devils camp via NHS Salford CCG

With a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Betfred Super League that has affected several clubs, including the Red Devils, a number of Salford players and staff members received their vaccinations on Tuesday through the NHS Salford CCG’s mobile vaccination clinic. 

Kallum Watkins, Rhys Williams, Jack Ormondroyd, Ryan Lannon and Jack Wells went down to the mobile clinic outside the Lowry in Salford this week, as well as our head of S&C Gareth Whittaker and our head of performance analysis, Chris Nelson. A number of players and staff had already had one or both of their jabs, with more group testing planned with NHS Salford CCG in the near future.

Salford Red Devils doctor Tim Sandels commented: “So I’ve been liaising with Richard Whitehead from the NHS Salford team to organise a squad covid-19 vaccination clinic. It’s been really important to get this done and great we managed it.

“The importance of covid vaccinations in the squad is key at trying to reduce covid-19 illness severity and also to reduce potential transmission within the sporting environment. Everyone involved at the clinic were great and it is brilliant that this first wave of players got their vaccines.

“It will hopefully have a positive impact on the community too to see the city’s only elite level sports club taking the pandemic seriously and getting their athletes vaccinated. We’re all just trying to work together and return to normality.”

Jack Wells is one of the youngest players in the squad this year, and he recognises the importance of getting vaccinated.

The 23-year-old said: “As a young athlete at the beginning of my career, I want to be playing at the top level for as long as I can. However, the risk of long COVID could really have an effect on me, such as cause me to develop long-term respiratory problems.

“That’s why I understand how important it is to get vaccinated, for my own health and also for the health of everyone else who I could transmit it to if I tested positive.

“Everyone seems to talk about how vital it is for the older generation to get their jabs, but it’s just as vital for us younger ones in helping stop the spread of this virus.”

All Salford residents over 18 years old, aged 16/17 years old and have an underlying health condition, or a carer either paid or unpaid can book their Covid-19 vaccine appointments here, or attend a walk-in clinic. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) shares daily updates and details on walk-in clinics on their social media and their Covid-19 vaccine walk-in page.

The national booking system is also available for anyone to book or manage their appointment.

Watkins – “We can go there and get the job done”

Salford Red Devils’ Kallum Watkins believes Salford can rise to the challenge of St Helens ahead of their Round 1 clash with the reigning champions on Friday.

The England centre, who joined his boyhood club back in September, thinks the Red Devils have every reason to be confident that they can take victory from Saints in the opening round of the Betfred Super League.

Following a promising pre-season, a strong start to the campaign will be key to fulfilling Watkins’ wider ambition to bring silverware to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Watkins said: “It is exciting, you have got to take it as a challenge.

“For us, it has been a really good pre-season and we are confident that we can go into Friday and win.

“We are going up against the champions, there is no two ways about it, they are champions for a reason, they are a quality side and they have been the best side for the past two/three years.

“We have got a good squad, we have just got to believe in ourselves as a group that we can go there and get the job done.”

Watkins, who started in the 2017 World Cup final for England, is also harbouring aspirations that he will return to the international fold and knows that delivering key performances for Salford will be crucial to that.

“I want to be consistent in my game and make sure I am preparing as best as possible,” he explained.

“In terms of recovery, there is going to be times where we are playing a few games in a short space of time.

“I want to be successful with this club, I want to win trophies and I want to build on the ambition of what they want to achieve.

“Obviously with the World Cup coming up as well and the last time I played in an England shirt was the World Cup Final.

“Injury and performance has pushed that aside over the years so that is another goal for me to go for but I have got to prove that by putting my all on the field.”

Salford Red Devils’ Betfred Super League season opener kicks off at 6pm tomorrow evening at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, live on Sky Sports and on Our League for season ticket holders.

Written by: Will Dickson

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 20-6 WIGAN WARRIORS | SUNDAY 14TH MARCH 2021

Salford Red Devils ran out 20-6 winners in a preseason friendly against neighbours Wigan Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium.

In what was Salford’s first runout of 2021 and head coach Richard Marshall’s maiden game in charge, the Mother’s Day meeting with Wigan proved a solid test for the Red Devils who looked comfortable for the majority of the game.

After some back-and-forth play in the opening period, Kallum Watkins opened the scoring in the 19th minute after getting onto the end of a neat grubber kick from Tui Lolohea.

The visitors responded with a try of their own minutes later, Sam Powell powering over the Salford line from close range to get Wigan on the scoreboard.

Just before the half-hour mark, Ken Sio made sure Salford went into the break in front in what was almost a carbon copy of Watkins’ try. Lolohea breached the Wigan line with another clever grubber kick that Sio was able to reach first and ground down the right.

Half-time: Red Devils 12 – 6 Warriors

Salford came out looking strong in the second forty with some of the new boys like Elijah Taylor and Jack Wells adding some freshness to the lineup.

Watkins had a great chance to double his try tally in the 54th minute but was pushed into touch just before he could ground the ball in the right corner.

It was Morgan Escare, against his old club, who extended Salford’s lead though in the 64th minute. Jack Wells opened up the Wigan defence with a neat grubber kick of his own that Escare chased down, grounding the ball on the right flank.

With less than five minutes to go, Krisnan Inu finished off what was a solid performance from the Red Devils with a try of his own, barging over on the left.

The game provided a good chance for Richard Marshall to experiment with his new side and puts Salford in good stead for the season opener against St. Helens in just under two weeks time.

Fulltime: Red Devils 20 – 6 Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, Sarginson, Inu, Lolohea, Brown, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Lann0n, Pauli, Addy, Atkin, Costello, Aspey, Johnson, Livett, Taylor, Roberts, Wells, Williams, Greenwood.

Wigan Warriors: Hardaker, Hanley, Isa, McDonnell, Bibby, Leuluai, Smith, Singleton, Powell, Partington, Bateman, Farrell, Havard, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Clubb, Halsall, Sutton, Kilner, Nicholson, O’Neill, Roden, Shorrocks, Smithies.

Salford tries: Watkins, Sio, Escare, Inu

Salford goals: Inu (2/4)

Wigan tries: Powell

Wigan goals: Hardaker

Referee: Christopher Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

 

Squad Builder relaunched for 2021

Salford Red Devils are excited to announce the relaunch of our Squad Builder scheme ahead of the 2021 season.

Since the scheme was introduced ahead of the 2019 season, Squad Builder members have helped bring some big names to the AJ Bell who have had an impact on the Club’s recent progression, with Kallum Watkins the most recent addition.

In the past two seasons we have found ourselves in back-to-back major finals which is a testament to the Club and all its supporters.

Behind-closed-doors games last year made it challenging as many of our income streams were restricted. But, thanks to you, the fans, who helped out massively with season ticket donations, virtual matchdays and Squad Builder, we not only survived but we reached Wembley for the first time in over 50 years.

Head coach Richard Marshall has collated a strong backroom team and has further aspirations for our already established squad, so we appeal to you once again to help build further on the progress we have made by becoming a 2021 Squad Builder member.

Salford Red Devils Managing Director Paul King said: “Now more than ever the Club needs the fans to once again get behind us and help create the environment to breed further success.

“The global pandemic has been challenging, we appreciate fully how incredibly difficult it is for everyone right now but I urge you, if possible, support this initiative to enable the Club not only to survive but to thrive.

“We have all greatly enjoyed our recent successes on the field of play, with the continued support of our loyal fanbase we believe we can kick on and continue to challenge for honours in 2021.”

This year we are giving all Squad Builder members free RDTV from February 21st 2021 through to February 22nd 2022, where members will be able to see all club features, press conferences and previous games.

Squad Builder also gives you the opportunity to bring a friend to games, with game vouchers issued once we are aware of the fixtures and have identified what matches these vouchers can be valid for.

For Gold Squad Builder members, we will be issuing a limited edition signed Salford Red Devils ball in approximately July of this year.

All members will also receive a Squad Builder t-shirt and we will be in contact regarding sizes in the near future.

We hope to be able to offer much more as the season develops and restrictions are lifted and we thank you all once again for your incredible support both on and off the terraces. We can’t wait to have you back with us in person!

Due to government restrictions supporters are not allowed to attend the ticket office in person. However, Squad Builder can be paid for outright online now and from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office from 9am tomorrow by calling 0161 786 1570, and selecting 1 for tickets and 1 for Salford Red Devils, or by emailing ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk ,

Monthly Direct Debit payments can also be made, meaning supporters can spread their payments, with the final payment being on the August 15th 2021. This can be done also by following the methods above.

The Squad Builder price categories are split into Gold, Silver and Bronze, to allow fans with different financial situations to support the club accordingly.

The ticket office is open for phone calls and emails from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.