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“I’m enjoying my rugby” – Rhys Williams extends contract

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that winger Rhys Williams has extended his contract until at least the end of the 2023 season. 

The Welshman joined the club from London Broncos ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Betfred Challenge Cup Final in 51 years, scoring one of the most standout Wembley tries in the history of the competition.

In 38 appearances, Williams has scored 11 tries for Salford and has been one of the most consistent players in the squad since his arrival last year.

Speaking on why he decided to extend his stay, Williams said: “I’m enjoying my rugby. As long as I’m happy and I’m enjoying being around the team and working hard for them, then that’s good enough for me.

“I pride myself on my consistency and professionalism, and I aim to continue bringing that every week to put in a good performance come game day.”

The 31-year-old has had little experience of the Salford faithful before COVID-19 hit, so Williams is looking forward to playing in front of unrestricted crowds again.

I’m very excited. It was hard times with no crowds, especially at Wembley, so to get out on front of the fans is such a buzz and another reason why I wanted to commit to another 2 years.”

Speaking on Rhys’  contract extension, head coach Richard Marshall said: “I’m delighted to have Rhys extend his stay here at Salford, as one of my main goals for 2022 and onwards is to keep the core of our squad together.

“Rhys is an established international player and is consistently good on the wing each week. I’m looking forward to building on the great relationship I already have with him.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I am delighted in getting Rhys to agree a new deal with the Salford Red Devils. Rhys has been up there as one of our best players for the last few years and has been a tremendous acquisition for the club since we signed him.

“An ultimate professional with ambition to win every game, he is a player with an exemplary attitude, with total and absolute commitment for our club.  I am so pleased that I’ve been able to agree the deal that will keep Rhys at the club for the next two years.”

Join Rhys at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday 13th August when we host Huddersfield Giants for Round 19 of the Betfred Super League. Buy your tickets HERE.

Tickets | You can now buy tickets for our April trip to London

Tickets are now available to purchase for our trip to the Capital to face London Broncos on Saturday 27th April.
Salford Red Devils fans can purchase their tickets for this huge Betfred Super League clash from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of your purchase if you buy in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets for this game are available from the AJ Bell Stadium up until 5pm on Friday 26th April.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £23
Over 65s, students and forces: £18
Junior: £5
Junior Swaps: Available in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
There is also coach travel available to book for this fixture and this can be done at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £28 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 9:05am
Royal Sovereign: 9:15am
Eccles Town Hall: 9:30am
Dog & Partridge: 9:35am
AJ Bell Stadium: 9:55am
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee. Supporters are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.

Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 24-0 London Broncos

Salford Red Devils earned a second consecutive win to start the 2019 Betfred Super League season with a 20-0 triumph over London Broncos and we’ve taken a look at the talking points from the game. 
Defiant defence
Salford kept London to nil on Sunday afternoon and this is the first time the Red Devils have managed to keep a team scoreless in the Betfred Super League since March 2007 with a 10-0 victory over Catalans Dragons at The Willows. The last time they nilled a side came in a 2008 victory over Batley Bulldogs however this was in the Championship.
There were times when the Red Devils were under pressure from London, but some resilient goal-line defence kept the Broncos at bay most notably when Salford defended back-to-back sets on their own try-line in which London went close on a number of occasions.

Full-back Niall Evalds got the plaudits from Head Coach Ian Watson in the post-match press conference as the ‘leader’ of the defence. The Red Devils have only conceded two tries in their opening two games of the 2019 Betfred Super League season and currently have the best defence in the league.
Competitive home debuts 
Gil Dudson made his 200th career appearance on his home debut for Salford Red Devils and he put in a big shift in his first competitive game at the AJ Bell Stadium. Dudson arrived in pre-season from relegated Widnes Vikings and has been impressive thus far.


Ken Sio also made his competitive home debut and much like his debut at Huddersfield Giants last week the Australian winger crossed for a try. Sio finished well in the corner after a neat offload from Josh Jones in the second half. 
Crowd on the up
Yesterday’s attendance was confirmed as 3236 which sees a rise on the average attendance from the 2018 Betfred Super League season.


As always, the Salford Red Devils supporters were vocal throughout the game and helped the lads to victory.
Salford welcome Leeds Rhinos to the AJ Bell Stadium next up on Sunday 17th February, 3pm kick-off, and tickets are now available to purchase for this game from the Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online here.
 
Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

Ian Watson | “Teams who defend well win games and competitions”

Salford Red Devils moved to the top of the Betfred Super League table following a 24-0 victory over London Broncos and Head Coach Ian Watson was pleased with various aspects of the win. 

On the result following a tough week…

Happy to get the week over with really. We’ve had a tough week. A lot of the lads have been down with the flu, so much so that I had to cancel training on Thursday afternoon. Rob Lui was a doubt for the game as he was struggling with it on Saturday. What the lads have done is outstanding earning the victory over London.

On the game…

We knew not to underestimate London. Both times we’ve played them while I’ve been here, and we’ve played them in The Qualifiers we’ve been beat. We know they’re a dogged team and we knew that it didn’t matter if we got a lead on them whether that be 6-0 or 18-0 like Wakefield found out last week. You have to defend well and be on it to beat London, every week you’ve got to be right to play a team like London, so we knew exactly what they’d bring and the fact that we’ve done the job proves that we’re a better team than we were last year.

On the defence… 

We spoke a lot about the defence in the build-up, history shows you that teams who defend well win games and competitions. It is something we’ve worked really hard on. I thought it was led really well by Niall Evalds from the back who is the boss of our defensive line and I thought his goal-line efforts were outstanding. To defend as well as we did do as a team and keep London Broncos to a nil was a massive effect and it bodes well for the team.

On proving people wrong…

If you listen to the pundits on Sky Sports the other day, we shouldn’t be in the league the way they were talking but that’s for people to have their opinions. People said us and London would be down there and getting relegated. We’re only two games in and we’re not getting carried away, but we’ll see who is right at the end of the season.

On next week’s game against Leeds…

They’ll be coming here ready to play and they’ll be fired up. They’ve got a new coach and despite losing their opening two games they’ll come to play and they’re still a strong team. They’ve had a tough opening with the games that they’ve had but we’re confident as a group, we don’t need to shout about it we just need to go about our business and do the job.

On the new signings…

That was a big thing for us – would our new signings make the team better? They definitely have done on and off the field. Ken Sio is great around the place and is brilliant with the younger guys, he’s fitted in well. Greg Burke is like a new signing this year as well alongside Gil Dudson and they’ve all added to us and given us a better edge to us as a team.

On any injury concerns… 

No, I think we’ve come through okay. Mark Flanagan didn’t come back on due to back spasms but I think that’s just old age with Flash!
 
Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 24-0 London Broncos

Salford Red Devils earned a hard-fought 24-0 victory over Super League new boys London Broncos which puts Ian Watson’s side atop the table after the second round of fixtures.
The hosts went into the break with a slender 6-0 lead thanks to Ken Sio’s try on his competitive home debut. Salford pulled away in the second half with tries from Jackson Hastings, Niall Evalds and Josh Jones.
A real arm-wrestle ensued for the opening twenty minutes but the Red Devils did have the better of possession and position and it eventually paid dividend when Sio crossed following a neat offload from Jones.
Salford continued to control the first half however failed to add any more points.
But it would take just two minutes of the second half for Salford to extend their lead. Evalds’ low kick came back off the upright and Hastings was the quickest to react getting his tally for the 2019 season underway.
London did apply some pressure to the Salford line, but the Red Devils resilience shone through and Hastings would add a penalty goal in the 55th minute to maintain control.
With ten minutes remaining, Evalds found an opening in the Broncos defence and jinked his way through for his fourth of the season. Hastings would add the extras to all but confirm victory. Salford were reduced to twelve men with five minutes left as Lee Mossop was sent to the sin-bin for an altercation with Greg Richards.
The Red Devils weren’t done however as Jones – who provided the assist for the opener – would get himself on the scoresheet in the final minute. The robust second-rower bounced off two London defenders before planting the ball down to round off a brilliant afternoon at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, Griffin, Tomkins.
London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Cunningham; Mason, Fozard, Richards, Pitts, Gee, Yates.
Interchanges: Battye, Ioane, Lovell, Pelissier.
Salford Tries: Sio (20’), Hastings (42’), Evalds (70’), Jones (79’)
Salford Goals: Hastings (21’, 43’, 55’, 71’) 
London Tries: N/A.
London Goals: N/A.
 
Salford sin-bin: Mossop (75′)
 
Referee: James Child.
Attendance: 3236.

Matchday Information | Salford Red Devils vs London Broncos | Sunday 10th February 2019

Everything you need to know ahead of the Red Devils’ first home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.

Key Information

Salford Red Devils will host London Broncos in our first home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season. The game is set to kick-off at 3pm.
Both the West and South Stands will be open for this weekend’s game. Season Ticket holders are situated in both stands, tickets are still available in both stands and the London Broncos supporters will be situated in W01 of the West Stand.

Ticketing

You can purchase tickets for Sunday’s game against London Broncos at the Club Ticket Office prior to kick-off. You must purchase a ticket from the Ticket Office as oppose to paying at the turnstile. Remember, ticket prices will rise on gameday so we’d encourage supporters to purchase their tickets in advance of Sunday. You can do so online, HERE.
This will be the first game in which 2019 Season Tickets are valid, and they are available for collection before the game. You can also purchase your 2019 Season Ticket up until 2:15pm with the Direct Debit payment option being available. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE. 2019 Season Tickets will be available for purchase before the game on a pro-rata basis.
Additional tickets have been made available in the 1873 suite for Sunday’s game against London Broncos. Supporters can purchase tickets for the 1873 suite from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or by clicking HERE. Fans who have already purchased tickets for the West or South Stands can upgrade their ticket to the 1873 suite on gameday by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and simply paying the difference. For a reminder of 2019 ticket prices, click HERE.
You can now also purchase tickets for our Betfred Super League games against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 17th February and St Helens on Thursday 28th February from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. Tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers at Anfield are also available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office.

Stadium & Security

AJ Bell Stadium turnstiles will open for general admission at 1:45pm.
If you have purchased a ticket in our 1873 Club for tomorrow’s fixture, you can access the suite from 1:30pm via the Main Reception of the AJ Bell Stadium. You must be wrist-banded on entry to gain access to the suite.
The smoking pens at either end of the West Stand will be open for fans to use. These will be open before pre-game and close as the first half gets underway. The smoking pens will re-open ten minutes before half-time and close as the second half gets underway.
Please remember that all bags will be checked on entry to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Transport and Parking

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust buses are back in action for Sunday’s fixture against London Broncos. Both the RD1 and RD2 have brand-new quicker routes for the 2019 season with both journeys now only taking approximately 45 minutes. To book your place on either of the services, click HERE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Car parking is available at the AJ Bell Stadium and is priced at £6 per car. Seasonal car park passes will be accepted for this fixture.

Club Shop

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that online store provider WildThang will be present on Sunday and will have a pop-up store and trailer set-up on the forecourt of the AJ Bell Stadium.
Be sure to head over and grab your Red Devils merchandise. Please be aware that WildThang will only be taking sales and returns/refunds must be done via the online website here.

Hospitality

All guests who are dining at Sunday’s game against London Broncos will do so on level three of the AJ Bell Stadium and will be guided to their respective suite or box by our friendly staff at Reception. Again, all guests will need to be wristbanded.

Marquee and Catering

The Marquee will be open from 12:00pm and DJ Andy Steele will be returning to the Marquee to bring both pre and post-match entertainment while you soak up the atmosphere.
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will also have a table in the Marquee. Catering vans will also be positioned in both the outside and forecourt and area between the South and West Stand.
Head over to the Marquee pre and post-game to make the most of your matchday experience.

The Red Devil

This weekend’s fixture sees the return of the Club’s official matchday programme – ‘The Red Devil’ – which is packed with more exclusive content than ever before. There is also a token in each issue throughout the season and anyone collecting all 14 will claim a signed matchball at the end of the season!
Australian hooker Joey Lussick features in this week’s ‘Big Interview’, we have the latest from Ian Watson, one fan is put ‘in focus’, Gil Dudson features in a quick Q & A while there are now two dedicated Junior Devils pages.
Purchase ‘The Red Devil’ for just £3 from one of our approachable and friendly programme sellers who will be wearing high-vis vests. Half-time draw and shirt raffle tickets are also available to purchase.

Half-time activity

The half-time draw will be conducted with the winners being confirmed over the PA system and on social media. There will also be a signed shirt raffle conducted at half-time. Purchase your tickets from our friendly sellers who will be located in and around the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Angels Dance Team will be performing before kick-off and at half-time. Be sure to give them a warm welcome.
Of course, Dr Devil will be out on the field to entertain the fans. Make sure to make some noise for Rugby League’s number one mascot.

3G

The outside 3G field will play host to around 150 kids from local community club Cadishead Rhinos and we can’t wait to welcome them to this weekend’s massive Betfred Super League opener.

Additional Notes

There will be a minutes applause to celebrate the life of Salford-born actor Albert Finney who sadly passed away on Thursday 7th February.
 
Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Squad | Ian Watson names unchanged 19-man for visit of London

Head Coach Ian Watson has named an unchanged 19-man squad for the visit of London Broncos at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday, 3pm kick-off.
Salford Red Devils got their 2019 season off to a winning start with a 14-34 victory over Huddersfield Giants last Friday.
Both Ken Sio and Gil Dudson debuted for the Red Devils and both men will be in line to make their competitive home debuts for Salford this weekend. In fact, if he is selected, Dudson will make his 200th career appearance.
Full-back Niall Evalds grabbed a hat-trick last week at the John Smith’s Stadium which saw him surpass 300 points for the Club and he will be looking to continue his scoring form on Sunday afternoon.
Logan Tomkins made his timely return to the Salford side at Huddersfield and is in line to feature again. Tyrone McCarthy and Jake Bibby will be looking to make their first appearances of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
The full squad is as follows:

Ian Watson | “This will be a good benchmark for us”

Salford Red Devils got the 2019 Betfred Super League off to a winning start and we caught up with Head Coach Ian Watson ahead of the sides first home game of the season against London Broncos.
On recent encounters with the Broncos…
Our recent history with London is not that great, as they have won the last two matches we had against them in the Qualifiers. In the first one, here, three seasons ago, Jamie Soward kicked us to death, and then Jarrod Sammut did exactly the same at their ground last year, but I know that we will be better this time, because we are a better side now than we were then.
It isn’t only Salford wo have fallen victim to them, though. Wakefield were caught out last weekend, but I think that result tells you more about London than it does about Wakefield. They have a smaller pack than the majority of clubs and so they are very quick across the ground, and of course at home they are always playing on a 4G pitch, so I, for one, was not surprised as to how competitive they were, even though I thought Wakefield would have won.
As far as our game is concerned, we know that they will come and try to grind us down and we are just going to have to muscle up to that. They also have this habit of coming from behind from a point at which turning the game around would appear to be a vain hope, but somehow, they seem to manage it
That happened, not only last week, but also in their first visit to Toronto in the Qualifiers, and it all goes to show the truly competitive nature of their players. I know quite a lot of their team, and know that they are people who just love playing the game to win and are never put off by the reputation of whichever team they happen to be up against.  That makes them very difficult to play against.
On a winning start to the season…
It’s always good to get that first win, and although there were one or two things we could have improved upon, particularly the way we started, we did build our way into the game, and more of our systems started coming through.
From that point on we had the game under control, but in the first half we bombed a few chances because we weren’t clinical enough, and so errors prevented us from scoring.
Huddersfield, on the other hand started off really well, and in some respects should have come away with more than just the penalty goal they kicked, but credit to our lads for the way they defended and kept their line intact.
Even though it was the first game of the season, both teams had their injury problems but there were two really good, representative, sides out there last week, and we were good enough to come away with the points.
On the first home game of the season…
We took a really good away following to Huddersfield, so hopefully, on the back of that win, we will attract even more than might have turned up, otherwise. I thought our fans were absolutely outstanding. They made a considerable amount of noise – much louder than the home fans did.
This is going to be a really good benchmark for us, on Sunday. It will show me just how we compare with last season’s performance at London, as a group, and with mental steel. We will also be able to assess to what extent the players, who have come in, have added to us.
It would be great to get a packed house, because we do play an attractive brand of rugby, show physicality and determination in defence, and with the introduction of the shotclock, the game is taking a much more reasonable period of time than in recent seasons. We will endeavour to put on a great performance in order to attract them all back again the following week.
 

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Extra 1873 Suite tickets available for Sunday’s game against London

Salford Red Devils can confirm that there has been extra space made available in the 1873 Suite for Sunday’s game against London Broncos. 
Fans can purchase tickets for the 1873 suite by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, calling 0161 786 1570 or clicking HERE. Remember, prices do rise on gameday so to get the best price for your 1873 ticket purchase ahead of Sunday.
Alternatively, for fans who have already purchased their tickets or 2019 Season Tickets for Sunday’s game, you can upgrade your ticket for this game by simply paying the difference between your original ticket price and the price of your 1873 ticket.
Upgrades must be done at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Supporters can upgrade on the day of the game at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, again by simply paying the different.
Fans cannot upgrade via TicketMaster.
Watching our first home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season in our 1873 Suite!
Ticket prices for our 1873 Suite are as follows:

West (VIP) Adult £42.50 £44 £46
Concession £31.50 £33 £35
Under 16 £20.50 £22 £24
Family £86.50 £88 £90

Tickets | Save money by purchasing for London in advance

Salford Red Devils fans are reminded that they can save money if they purchase their tickets for Sunday’s game against London Broncos in advance of gameday.
The 2019 Betfred Super League season introduces a new pricing structure for Salford Red Devils fixtures meaning it is now cheaper to purchase your ticket prior to gameday at the AJ Bell Stadium, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Prices will rise across the board on gameday which means it is beneficial to supporters to purchase their tickets in advance.
The easiest way to purchase your ticket for Sunday’s clash with the newly-promoted Broncos is by doing so online, simply click HERE.
However, purchasing a Season Ticket is still the best value for money to watch Salford Red Devils throughout the 2019 Betfred Super League season. You will save the cost of more than two matches by purchasing a 2019 Season Ticket.
Season Tickets are available at the AJ Bell Stadium, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Alternatively, you can still spread the cost of your 2019 Season Ticket over six easy manageable and simple Direct Debit payments by purchasing at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For a breakdown of your Direct Debit payments, click HERE.
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