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Three talking points – Salford Red Devils 50-12 Swinton Lions

Following a 50-12 pre-season victory over local rivals Swinton Lions we take a look at three talking points from the game
1. Impressive Debutants
Yesterday’s game saw a handful of Red Devils wear the Salford shirt for the first time with Levy Nzoungou, Gavin Bennion, Ben Nakubuwai, Jack Littlejohn and Derrell Olpherts all debuted for Salford.
Australian half-back Jack Littlejohn was named as the press’ Man of the Match before also winning the Twitter Man of the Match poll after a fantastic opening performance. Levy Nzoungou and Ben Nakubuwai displayed their power in the forwards making yards with every carry.
Both Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion found themselves on the scoresheet with the former Newcastle Thunder centre finishing off two flowing moves before Bennion powered over in the closing stages.
I’m sure all the Red Devils fans are looking to see more of the new additions.
2. Young guns on show
This pre-season friendly was the perfect opportunity for Ian Watson to try out all his players and youngsters Josh Wood, Jake Bibby and Daniel Murray all got a runout.
Josh Wood was one of the standout performers for the Red Devils breaking the Swinton line on multiple occasions with his quick jump from acting half-back.
Jake Bibby became a regular starter at the backend of the 2017 season and it’s clear to see why with another solid performance in the back line. Daniel Murray made an impact of the bench and will be a real contender for a starting position in the forwards this season.
3. Rugby in the local area
If there’s one thing to take from the yesterday’s game it’s that there is definitely an appetite for Rugby League in the local area with both Salford and Swinton putting on a great showing on the field with the fans turning up in numbers.
Both clubs are entering new eras and it will be exciting to see how both sides progress both on and off the field throughout 2018 and onwards.

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.”

Ian Watson names squad for pre-season friendly with Swinton

Salford Red Devils Head Coach has confirmed his starting line-up and full squad to face Swinton Lions on Sunday afternoon in our opening pre-season friendly.  
New signing Jack 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 on the interchange bench but Head Coach Ian Watson has said that everybody named in the matchday squad will feature at some stage.
The only two Red Devils not to feature in this Sunday’s squad are the suspended Ryan Lannon and Luke Burgess who is still recovering from a minor knock.
The full Salford Red Devils squad can be seen below:
 

League Express name two Red Devils in their ones to watch

Rugby League Newspaper League Express have named two Salford Red Devils in their ones to watch for the 2018 Super League season.
New signing Levy Nzoungou was named as the Salford’s ‘Rookie to excite us in 2018’ with the League Express tipping the French forward to make an impact off the bench with his ‘tremendous strength and leg speed’.
Nzoungou joined the Red Devils from Championship side Toulouse Olympique after successful spells in the youth ranks at St Helens and Melbourne Storm.
Meanwhile, fellow 2018 acquisition Ben Nakubuwai has been named as one of ’23 under 23’s to watch in 2018’ by the League Express.
Nakubuwai had an impressive 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign which saw him make five appearances for Fiji on their road to the semi-finals. The World Cup star comes to the AJ Bell Stadium after a spell in the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.
Both Nzoungou and Nakubuwai could make their first team debuts for the Salford Red Devils this weekend in our opening pre-season friendly against Swinton Lions on Sunday.
Our 2018 Season Launch will also take place on Sunday in the 1873 suite from 10:30am.
Tickets for our Season Launch event (including game ticket) are priced as follows:
Adult (Season Ticket Holder): £13
Concession (Season Ticket Holder): £8
Adult (Non-Season Ticket Holders): £15
Concession (Non-Season Ticket Holders): £10
 
Regular ticket prices for just the game are:
Adult: £10
Concession: £5
 
Tickets for our opening pre-season friendly against Swinton are available at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Also, Season Tickets for our 2018 Super League season are still available at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here. Remember, if you wish to pay for your 2018 Season Ticket in six monthly Direct Debit instalments you must purchase from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone.

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.

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.

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.