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PREVIEW: SALFORD RED DEVILS VS LEEDS RHINOS | SUNDAY 15TH MAY 2022

Salford Red Devils host Leeds Rhinos at the AJ Bell Stadium this afternoon in Round 12 of the Betfred Super League.

After a hectic Easter period, Paul Rowley’s players were faced with a welcome two-week break to rest and recharge ahead of some vital fixtures.

Next up is the visit of Leeds Rhinos, who – after a poor start to the season – have picked up back-to-back league wins against Toulouse Olympique and Hull KR.

Leeds have also recently appointed Rohan Smith as their new boss, and the Aussie will be in the dugout for the first time this weekend.

The two sides last met in mid-March, and it was Salford who picked up the two points in emphatic style, coming from behind with three late tries. The first of them came from a stunning 60-metre run from Joe Burgess, with his skill allowing the Red Devils to create an overload on the right – which Chris Atkin took advantage of.

Speaking of Burgess, the winger has rejoined Rowley’s 21-man squad after recovering from his knee injury. Alongside him, Ryan Brierley, Tim Lafai, Marc Sneyd, Harvey Livett, and Elijah Taylor are all back fit and in contention to feature.

The Red Devils’ players may have had the chance to rest and recharge over the last 14 days, but the club has completed some positive business on multiple fronts. Deon Cross, Kallum Watkins, and Andy Ackers have all signed contract extensions, whilst we also welcomed the signing of Tyler Dupree from Widnes Vikings.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game on Sunday, assistant coach Kurt Haggerty discussed how the club is trying to lay the foundations for the future with these sorts of deals.

He said: “Ideally we want to retain our best, move people on if we have to, but bring in quality – so we’ll always be looking. For example, Tyler Dupree is somebody we’ve been monitoring and an opportunity arose to get him in early. We want to get business done early and start moving forward to put things in place that we want moving forward for the club.”

Focussing particularly on Dupree, Haggerty said: “He’s a very exciting young man, he’s got some very good attributes which certainly show that he is Super League quality. He’s a project, but he’s someone who has shown that he can be a very good player.”

Despite being tipped for a high finish in the Betfred Super League this season, Leeds have yet to really find any momentum, and they’ll be hoping the change of head coach will give them a new lease of life. Haggerty says he’s aware of the qualities the new coach brings and expects fresh energy about the Rhinos on Sunday.

Haggerty stated: “Yeah, I think it’ll be very different this week. They’ve got a new coach, which – as always – will bring new enthusiasm, probably a much-needed enthusiasm. They’ve got some new personnel coming in, some of the bans are up and they’ve got some injuries back, so it’s very much focussed on us, focussed on Salford and what we can do.

“They’ve been quite difficult to preview because the personnel has been so different in the last 3 to 4 games. I know Rohan (Smith) quite well, he’s a fantastic coach, very personable – so we’ll have to be on our game to match Leeds this week.”

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SALFORD SIGN PROP ALEX GERRARD

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce the signing of Alex Gerrard on a one-year deal.

The experienced prop began his career at Widnes Vikings, where he spent eight years between 2010 and 2018, before moving to Australia to play for Queensland outfit, Mackay Cutters. Gerrard then returned to the UK in 2020 to sign for Leigh Centurions.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Gerrard said: “There’s a good squad here at Salford, I’m looking forward to working hard to get into the 17.

“I want to be consistent in my performances and contribute positively to the group.”

Gerrard knows assistant coach Kurt Haggerty well through his time at Widnes, where Kurt was a player for two seasons. Haggerty was also assistant coach and then head coach at Leigh Centurions, whilst Gerrard was a Leyther.

“I know Kurt (Haggerty) from when I started out at Widnes. It’s always nice to see familiar faces and I’m looking forward to working with Kurt again.”

Salford Red Devils assistant coach, Kurt Haggerty, said: “It’s great to be working with Alex again. His ability as a front rower and his work rate will be really beneficial to the team moving forward. It’s great to have him on board for 2022.”

Head coach Paul Rowley commented: “I’m really pleased to add Alex to the squad, he’s got lots of experience at the top level and will add much needed depth and competition to the team, which we all understand will be paramount during this season.

“One of our strengths at Salford is the team spirit and Alex will fit in very well.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, added: “It’s great to bring Alex in with his wealth of 1st team experience and he will now add some more depth and strength to our pack for the forthcoming season.”

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NEW COACHING TEAM APPOINTED

Following the announcement of Paul Rowley as our new head coach for the next two seasons, Salford Red Devils can now confirm the rest of the coaching team.

Danny Orr remains assistant head coach but will now team up with Kurt Haggerty, who will also be assistant head coach.

Haggerty, who will be entering his sixth season in coaching, spent four years on the coaching team at Toronto Wolfpack working under Paul Rowley from 2017 to 2018, helping the Canadian side lift the Kingstone Press League 1 title in 2017, the Championship League Leaders’ Shield in 2018 and then promotion to Super League in 2019.

Haggerty joined the Leigh Centurions coaching side in January 2021, taking over the reins as interim head coach in June to lead the Leythers for the rest of this year’s Super League campaign.

Speaking on joining the coaching staff at Salford Red Devils, Kurt Haggerty said: “I am very happy to be joining Salford. It is a club I have admired from a far over the last couple of years. I’m really excited to get started and to meet all the players and I’m looking forward to working alongside Paul once again and seeing where this journey can take the club.”

Orr, who arrived at Salford in December 2020, will work alongside Haggerty next season.

Speaking on the season ahead and working with Rowley and Haggerty, Orr said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Paul and Kurt. Paul knows the Club well and I’ve enjoyed working with him already this past season.

“Kurt has brilliant coaching experience and I think our practice and knowledge of the sport will go hand in hand with each other.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley commented: “I’m looking forward to working with Danny, he’s a genuine good lad with a great work ethic, so a perfect fit for our club.

“Ive known Kurt for many years as both a player for me and a coach alongside me. He’s a true rugby enthusiast and strategic thinker that I have trust in and therefore his addition was integral in my decision to become head coach.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I’m excited to watch where this new coaching team, led by someone who already knows this great club well, Paul Rowley, will take Salford Red Devils over the next few seasons.

“The players have already bought into what the coaching team want from them and there’s a positive feel to the place as we get ready for pre-season.”

“Paul, Kurt and Danny know just how much Salford Red Devils means to its loyal fans and I am certain they will make sure our lads leave everything out on the pitch every week.”

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