A handful of Salford Red Devils are still available for sponsorship for the upcoming 2018 season including three new acquisitions.
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.
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.
We’ve got another player review this evening for you and next up is a player who missed just a handful of games in 2017 – Logan Tomkins.
Tomkins arrived from Wigan Warriors in 2016 after a successful stint on loan at the AJ Bell Stadium and his consistent performances were on show again last season. Logan’s hard-hitting style of play complimented new hooker Kris Brining extremely well and saw the Red Devils prosper in 2017.
The 25-year-old missed the opening game against his former side but then went on to start the next 14 Super League games for the Red Devils. Tomkins only crossed for one try this season but it came early in the season in a narrow defeat at Headingley against Leeds Rhinos.
While Tomkins’ try-scoring wasn’t prolific his defensive efforts were a massive part of Salford’s success this season as Logan made the 2nd most Super League tackles of any Red Devil behind only Craig Kopczak. Tomkins also made more tackles than any other player in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan.
Tomkins’ tireless work-rate and steely defence was recognised at the End of Season awards where he picked up the ‘off-the-ball’ award which was designed to reward the player for the work that many let go unnoticed.
Logan is set to enter his third season with the Red Devils in 2018 and is just seven appearances from hitting 100. Tomkins will be another pivotal cog in Ian Watson’s Salford machine next season and will guide the Red Devils around the field as he did so well in 2017.
Logan Tomkins was sponsored by Dr Terry Thorne throughout the 2017 season.
Logan Tomkins’ 2017 Stats (All competitions)
Fact: There is only Junior Sa’u in the current Salford squad who has more appearances than Logan Tomkins.
Logan Tomkins’ 2017 in pictures (All images provided by Steve McCormick & SWPix)
Salford’s record against the Rhinos since the incarnation of Super League doesn’t make for pretty reading with just two wins in 40 Super League fixtures. However, the Red Devils did overcome Leeds last season with a 14-10 victory at home. But, the Red Devils haven’t been as fortunate at Headingley with just one win at Leeds in over twenty years.
The victory was a 20-30 triumph back in 2009 with youngsters such as Richie Myler, Stefan Ratchford and Jordan Turner all featuring for the Red Devils. The win was made even more impressive due to the fact Salford had just been promoted and the Rhinos would go on to win both the League Leaders’ Shield and the Super League that season.
Last weekend Kris Welham crossed twice as the Red Devils cruised past Huddersfield with a 52-14 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium. Welham’s first marked his 100th Super League try before he then notched his 1o1st just 25 minutes later. The centre has scored 90 Super League tries for his former side Hull KR and has now grabbed 11 tries in the league for the Red Devils this season.
George Griffin, who is included in this weekend’s 19-man squad after being injured last weekend, could also be set to make his 100th Super League appearance. Griffin has appeared in Super League 18 times for Hull KR, 19 times for London Broncos, 5 times for Wakefield and has now featured 57 times since arriving at the AJ Bell Stadium back in 2015.
While the Red Devils are yet to beat Leeds this season they did come close in February losing out 14-20. Logan Tomkins grabbed his only try of the season in the defeat at Headingley earlier in the season. Tomkins also crossed the last time the Red Devils beat Leeds back in 2016 while Josh Wood, who started at hooker the last time the sides met, also scored from acting half-back.
Ben Murdoch-Masila didn’t feature in the trop to Headingley at the start of the 2017 season however he managed to power his way over twice when Salford welcomed Leeds to the AJ Bell Stadium in July. Murdoch-Masila is currently level with full-back Niall Evalds as the Red Devils top Super League try-scorer.
Tickets are on sale for our final home game of the 2017 season against St Helens on Thursday 21st September. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games but are encouraged to look at our fantastic hospitality offer for them for our final home game.
The Red Devils travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Warriors in their third Super 8s game tomorrow night.
Salford have had a slow start to the Super 8’s losing their opening two games but have entered the final stage of the season on the back of their highest Super League finish ever. Ian Watson’s side will be looking recapture their earlier form and are fully aware they’re still in with a real shot of making the top four as they sit just two points behind Wakefield in 4th and one point behind Saints in 5th with both teams still left to play.
Wigan have had a mixed start to their Super 8s campaign losing to Leeds on the opening weekend but they managed to return to winning ways this past weekend with a 18-4 victory over Huddersfield. It’s been a tough season for Shaun Wane’s men but they know if they can string together a handful of wins in the coming weeks it could turn out to be another fruitful season for the Warriors.
The Key Battle
Kriss Brining returned for the Red Devils in last Friday’s defeat to Castleford and both him and Logan Tomkins will be embroiled in a two-on-two key battle with Wigan hookers Michael McIlorum and Sam Powell.
Brining looked lively coming from the bench and added another attacking element to the Red Devils side while Tomkins has been brilliant all season for Salford despite being the lone hooker over the past few weeks.
Powell returned for the Warriors last weekend after being given a one-game suspension for a tackle on Red Devil Lama Tasi in last month’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat. Shaun Wane said midweek he was equally impressed with Powell and McIlorum in their victory over Huddersfield so it will be interesting to see which of the pair begins the game and which is used as an impact interchange.
The meetings this season
The Warriors beat Salford on the opening weekend of the season at the AJ Bell Stadium racing into a 20-0 lead at half-time with tries from Joe Burgess, George Williams, Joel Tomkins and an Oliver Gildart brace. The Red Devils attempted to fight back with tries from Kriss Brining, Junior Sa’u and Michael Dobson but they left themselves with too much to do.
Salford returned the favour when they visited the DW Stadium in May opening a 28-point advantage with scores from Kris Welham, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Greg Johnson and a Niall Evalds double. A Gareth O’Brien drop-goal and penalty staved off a Warriors comeback after Liam Marshall, Ryan Sutton and Lewis Tierney had scored in quick succession.
Wigan prevented Salford’s first Wembley berth for 20 years last month as the Warriors beat Ian Watson’s side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the Challenge Cup semi-final. Despite tries from Greg Johnson and Tyrone McCarthy Wigan were victorious thanks to scores from Willie Isa, McIlorum and an Oliver Gildart double.
Wigan: S. Tomkins, Gelling, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Leuluai, Nu’uausala, McIlorum, Farrell, O’Loughlin, Bateman, Clubb, Powell, Tautai, Sutton, Isa, Gregson, Wells, Marshall.
Salford: O’Brien, Jones, Sa’u, Evalds, Lui, Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Hauraki, Lannon, Krasniqi, A. Walne, J. Walne, Brining, Johnson, Bibby, Carney, McCarthy, Vatuvei.
The Red Devils last visit to the DW Stadium yielded Salford’s first victory at Wigan in 20 years as Ian Watson’s men came away with a memorable 16-31 victory.
But, Salford have had a torrid time of it at Wigan in previous seasons. The Red Devils last victory, before this season’s triumph, came back in 1997 with a 14-21 victory with four Steve Blakeley goals and a Mark Lee drop-goal being the difference.
It isn’t just on the road against the Warriors where the Red Devils have struggled but with just 2 victories in their last 22 meetings with Wigan it’s fair to say Wigan are Salford’s bogey side. Unfortunately, Salford endured a 17-game losing streak against Wigan between 2006 and 2014.
Narrow defeats to the Warriors in 2016 and 2015 were an improvement on the Red Devils visits to the DW Stadium in earlier seasons. Salford conceded 38 points or more in five consecutive visits to the DW.
The Red Devils do have several former Warriors in the side with Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Logan Tomkins all having donned the Cherry and White of Wigan at some point.
Flanagan featured for the Warriors in 2009 before moving to NRL side Wests Tigers while Mossop and Tomkins had longer spells with Wigan. Tomkins spent four years with the Warriors with one being spent on loan with the Red Devils before the move was made permanent in 2016 while his brothers Sam and Joel still represent Wigan however only Sam is in this weekend’s matchday squad.
Mossop also joined Salford from Wigan however his move came at the start of this season. The former England international won both the Challenge Cup and Super League with the Warriors throughout two spells with the club spanning seven seasons which were split by a year in Australia with the Parramatta Eels.
Wigan and Salford have met on three occasion this season with Wigan winning twice and the Red Devils earning one victory. Both sides picked up wins on the oppositions patch before Wigan knocked off the Red Devils at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in last month’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
Greg Johnson has scored in two of the three meetings this season for Ian Watson’s side while Niall Evalds grabbed a brace in the visit to the DW earlier in the season. However, it is Oliver Gildart who has dominated this fixture in 2017 scoring four tries against the Red Devils this season.
Fans can still purchase tickets for Friday night’s game against Wigan at the DW Stadium. Supporters are also reminded that they can now buy tickets for all of the Red Devils home Super 8s games against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Red Devils hooker Logan Tomkins was ‘disappointed’ with the sides performance at Hull FC and felt Salford got caught chasing the game.
Tomkins, sponsored by Dr Terry Thorne, said: “I thought we were well off in the second half.
“The first half wasn’t great either but we managed to stick with it and keep things close but the second half we lost our way and got caught chasing the game.
“This led to us putting a lot of ball down and we didn’t play to our game plan and instead started playing erratic rugby which is disappointing.
“The start to the second half wasn’t great I messed up with one tackle and that led to a try and the other try was a soft one as well.
“We pushed the odd ball that we shouldn’t have pushed and it led to some stupid knock-ons and we lost a lot of territory and ball possession.
“New personnel does affect the team but not in a detrimental way we tried to force the ball when we should have stuck in the arm wrestle and tried to improve our completion rate.”
However, Tomkins is looking forward to a ‘big challenge’ next weekend against league leaders Castleford Tigers the AJ Bell Stadium.
“We’re obviously on a bit of a bad streak at the moment,” Tomkins said.
He added: “It’s probably good that we’ve got Castleford next because you can’t help but get up for games like that and we’re going to have to start at 100%.
“We don’t want to make a habit of losing every week and we need to turn it around as soon as possible.”
Next up for Ian Watson’s men are league leaders Castleford Tigers on Friday 11th August at the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans can still purchase tickets through the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.
A trio of Salford Red Devils could be celebrating milestones this weekend as they prepare to do battle with Hull FC in their opening Super 8s fixture.
Kris Welham, Olsi Kransiqi and Logan Tomkins will all hit career milestones should they appear in Friday night’s game at the KCOM Stadium.
Welham, who joined the Red Devils from Championship side Bradford Bulls, is set to make his 250th career appearance this weekend.
The centre has appeared for the Red Devils 25 times following his arrival at the beginning of the season. Welham racked up a sensational 191 games for Hull KR before moving to the Bulls and the 30-year-old has also represented Gateshead and the England Knights.
In addition to closing in on 250 career appearances Welham is also one try away from 100 in the Super League. Welham has crossed nine times this season for the Red Devils building on his impressive 90 tries between 2007 and 2015 for Hull KR.
Hooker Logan Tomkins could make his 150th career appearance this weekend. Tomkins has appeared for the Red Devils on 86 occasions while featuring for Wigan 47 times. He has also made dual-registration appearances for Workington and Widnes.
Olsi Krasniqi also needs one appearance to hit 150 career games. Since signing for the Red Devils in 2015 Krasniqi has played 51 games adding to his 92 games for London between 2010 and 2014. The Albanian-born forward has also featured for North Wales and London Skolars.