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TIM LAFAI SIGNS NEW THREE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce centre, Tim Lafai has signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the Club until 2025.

In just his debut season, Lafai took the Betfred Super League by storm and established himself as one of the competitions finest centres. The Samoan’s explosive power and technical quality was apparent from day one and his efforts were recognised by his inclusion in the 2022 Dream Team.

His total of 49 offloads in the 2022 campaign was the highest in Super League and his trademark backhand flick to Joe Burgess on the left edge became a potent weapon for Paul Rowley’s side.

Upon extending his contract, Lafai had a short a simple message for the Salford supporters: “Salford, Uncle loves you!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley also said: “It’s great news that Tim has chosen to extend his stay with us.

“He is a tremendous player and more importantly a great friend and teammate to everybody. He’s been a joy to coach and a very positive influence to our environment.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease added: “Tim has been a fantastic addition to the group since we brought him to our Club. After some negotiations, it’s incredible news that we have agreed to extend his stay with us for three years.

“Tim was outstanding for us in our last Super League campaign; from playing a vital role in our run to the semi-finals, he now has his chance to become a significant player in our history.

“Alongside representing his country at the World Cup, his journey across 2022 is a true reflection of his determination and immense quality as a player. I can’t wait to welcome him back to the fold for pre-season and achieve big things in 2023!”

CHRISTMAS SEASON TICKET COLLECTION DAY

Salford Red Devils welcome you all to come down to the stadium on Sunday morning between 9am and 1pm ahead of the 2023 campaign.

Supporters will be able to visit our mini-Christmas market in the marquee, enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie, attend a behind the scenes stadium tour with pop-up museum and purchase some club merchandise from Vx3.

There’s also plenty for the young ones to get involved with. The Salford Red Devils Foundation and Women’s Team will be hosting some rugby skills sessions at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am, on the 3G pitch.

After England’s incredible success in the World Cup, fans can try out Wheelchair Rugby League for themselves on the stadium forecourt.

Tours will start from the Salford Club table in the marquee at 10am, 11am and 12pm, taking you into the stadium to see the player’s gym, the tunnel via pitch-side and into the dressing room. The last stop on the tour will be the press room, where John Blackburn will have a pop-up museum.

The pop-up museum will showcase a selection of Salford’s history, while also playing Willows Memories – a film documenting the Club’s finest moments. The museum can also be accessed independently through the players entrance at any time until 1pm.

In the marquee, we will have a Salford Foundation Tombola stand and various independent sellers, with products ranging from Christmas crafts to hair and body care products.

Face painting will be available, with the Red Angels also in attendance to showcase their match-day dance routines. There will be the opportunity to sign up to Salford Red Devils Supporters Trust, who have recently sponsored the back of the playing shorts for 2023.

Salford Red Devils first team players will be in attendance throughout the morning to meet and greet fans and take part in Q&A sessions on the marquee stage.

Directly outside the ticket office will be a card collection point for those of you who have already purchased. But don’t worry if you haven’t yet bought your season ticket, as the ticket office will be open for sales and queries.

Most of the activities will be outside, so please dress accordingly.

GALLERY – JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY

Pre-season is well underway and the players were out on the field this Monday morning getting stuck in to some pad, ball and wrestling work.

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SALFORD TO FACE WIGAN WARRIORS IN SAM POWELL’S TESTIMONIAL

Salford Red Devils will kick-off their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Wigan Warriors in Sam Powell’s testimonial. 

After 10 years of service to Wigan and Rugby League Powell has been granted a Testimonial year by the RFL for 2023. The fixture will take place at the DW Stadium on Sunday February, 5th, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.

Powell has made 25o appearances for the Cherry and White’s, winning five major honours and cementing himself as a one-club man.

Upon announcement of the fixture, Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has said: “It’s an honour for Salford Red Devils to be involved in Sam Powell’s testimonial.

“Sam is a true warrior with immense quality and his performances for Wigan over the years have been outstanding. His commitment to the sport is exemplary and something every young player should strive to replicate. Everyone at the Club is looking forward to celebrating his magnificent achievements on February 5th.”

On being granted his Testimonial year, Powell said: “It’s going to be a special year for me, my family and friends. This will be my 11th season coming up and to spend such a long time at a special Club like Wigan is a real achievement.

“When I signed my last contract, I mentioned how important the Club is to me and my family. I’m very grateful for how supportive Rads and his staff have been.

“I will have a game against Salford on Sunday 5th February at the DW Stadium. To have the game at home is great and I hope all our fans get behind it. It’s going to be a special year.

“I’m very grateful for the committee I’ve got in place. They’ll be the backbone of this year being successful. My first job is to play well for Wigan. I’ll rip in when I get back in pre-season and I’m hoping it will be a very successful year.

“I hope the fans buy into it; I really appreciate the support. I was a fan before I started playing so I know what it’s like. A massive thank you to all my old teammates, staff and coaches – back in my amateur days too. My wife Ria has been on the journey with me. I’m hoping this season is going to be great.”

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GALLERY – DEON CROSS AND TYLER DUPREE JOIN PRE-SEASON PREPERATIONS

On a wet and windy day at the Salford Stadium, Deon Cross and Tyler Dupree – who represented the England Knights last month – rejoined the squad for pre-season training.

The 2023 campaign is ticking ever closer and another new addition, Ellis Longstaff, joined the group this week after completing a one-year loan move from Warrington Wolves.

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GALLERY – PLAYERS CRANK UP PRE-SEASON WITH A SESSION AT DAVID LLOYD

Salford Red Devils have cranked up their pre-season preparations with a Blaze gym session at David Lloyd in Manchester.

After their adventures with the England Knights, Tyler Dupree, Deon Cross and new signing, Ellis Longstaff rejoined the squad and got straight down to work.

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SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN ELLIS LONGSTAFF ON ONE-YEAR LOAN

Salford Red Devils are delighted to welcome Ellis Longstaff to the Club from Warrington Wolves on a one-year loan.

The 20-year-old made his Betfred Super League debut against Hull FC in 2020 and has since progressed at a rapid rate. Operating in the back-row, his talent was quickly recognised by the England Knights, where he made his debut at just 19 years of age.

He also enjoyed a short loan spell at FC last season, where he scored an impressive seven tries in just 10 Super League appearances.

Longstaff will add more energy and quality to an already high-quality second row. Kallum Watkins has been a standout performer, but the additions of Ben Hellewell and Andrew Dixon have further reinforced that position ahead of 2023.

Upon completion of the loan deal, Longstaff said: “I’m over the moon to sign at Salford for the year on loan.

“I’m really looking forward to getting in and meeting all the boys and staff and can’t wait to rip in. I also can’t wait to get out there in front of the fans and show what I can bring to the side!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “Ellis is a fantastic addition to our team. He’s a player with lots of energy and ambition.

“His new team mates and the staff are looking forward to him joining our group, and as a current England Knight, he is clearly a talented and hard working player who is driven to succeed – which makes him a perfect fit for our club.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease said: “It’s really exciting that we’ve secured Ellis on loan for the next 12 months.

As a current England Knight, he’s already showcased an abundance of talent at such a young age and he’ll have the ability to develop even further with the coaching team and the current playing squad. I look forward to seeing what he can produce for the Red Devils next season!”

Ellis is available for sponsorship in 2023 and you can contact hannah.edge@salfordreddevils.net for more information.

SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN BEN HELLEWELL

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Ben Hellewell from Featherstone Rovers on a one-year deal.

The 30-year-old was brought into the club on a two-week loan during the 2022 season and definitely impressed with his performances in the back-row.

He was part of the squad that defeated Catalan Dragons at home and Toulouse Olympique away – two results which proved crucial in our run to the play-offs. He was quickly recalled by Featherstone, but the Red Devils have now secured their man on a permanent basis.

Reacting to his move, Hellewell said: “I’m delighted to sign for Salford. I was lucky enough to play two games on loan last year and from the first day of training, I saw how close-knit the players were.

“Playing in them two games opened my eyes to how skilful and hardworking the players are at the club, and that’s been passed down from the coaching staff. It does help that I’m close friends with some of the players – having played with them at previous clubs – so them and the other lads were very welcoming.

“I was coached by Haggy at Leigh, so I knew how good he was, and his partnership with Rowls will always get the best out of players not only on the field, but off it too.

“Last season they were unlucky to fall short of the Grand Final, but hopefully this season we can go one better and get some silverware – and I can’t wait to be a part of that. I’m looking forward to getting back into training and ripping in with the lads.”Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Ben to Salford. Having joined us for a month earlier this year, Ben’s durability and versatility proved invaluable.

“The staff, players and myself enjoyed the passion and commitment he showed to the group and look forward to him being back.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease also said: “I’m really happy we’ve been able to secure Ben’s services on a permanent basis.

“He’s a player who massively impressed us during his two-week loan spell in 2022 and will bring not just quality to the back-row, but an incredible work ethic – a vital attribute of any player in Paul Rowley’s squad. We are looking forward to welcoming Ben and getting to work ahead of 2023.”

SAM STONE SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We’re delighted to announce Sam Stone has signed for Salford Red Devils on a two-year deal from Leigh Leopards.

The 25-year-old was born in Queensland, Australia and represented two clubs in the NRL – Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans – before he decided to join Leigh.

Across the 2022 season, Stone made 28 appearances in the Betfred Championship, scoring eight tries and played a major role in the Leopards’ promotion to the Betfred Super League.

Stone operates in the second-row and will add quality to the already established players in that area of the field. Kallum Watkins was a shining light for the Red Devils last season, but Stone joins Andrew Dixon as the two new signings that will add quality and depth to Paul Rowley’s squad.

Talking about the acquisition of Stone, Head Coach, Paul Rowley said: “On behalf of all the players and staff I am delighted to welcome Sam to Salford. I’ve admired Sam’s work ethic and attitude from the moment he came over to England and these attributes were very evident in his performances throughout last season.

“Kurt has worked with Sam and as always been very complimentary in his admiration of him. A player with his work ethic and character is exactly the type of player we want in our group.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease added: “It’s really exciting that Sam has decided to join Salford Red Devils and begin his Super League journey.

“He is a young player we’re really excited to develop and we know he’ll fit into an already highly-skilled group seamlessly. Under the coaching of Paul and Kurt, we’ve already seen various players improve tremendously over the last 12 months and we hope he can join that long list during 2023.”

KRISNAN INU RETURNS TO SALFORD RED DEVILS AS ASSISTANT COACH

Salford Red Devils are delighted to welcome former winger, Krisnan Inu back to the Club in his first off-the-field role as Assistant Coach.

The 35-year-old will work closely with Paul Rowley and Kurt Haggerty to manage and develop a playing squad already packed with talent. Inu brings years of playing experience from both sides of the world and will no doubt be hugely beneficial to our mixture of established names and young talent.

During his three-year stay at the AJ Bell Stadium, Inu made 53 appearances for the Club, scoring 24 tries and converting 195 goals. His trusty right boot was involved in so many memorable moments – including the 2019 Betfred Super League Grand Final and 2020 Challenge Cup final.

Speaking after returning to the Club, Inu said: “I’m excited to be coming home and joining the staff in a role I wasn’t expecting to come into.

“I’m grateful and proud to be helping the team reach their goals and get them to where they deserve to be – and that’s in the top six. I can’t wait for the challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to what the next few seasons bring.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “It’s really pleasing that Kris has decided to join us on the coaching staff. His knowledge of the game is first class and he is respected throughout the game on both sides of the world. 

“Kris has had a fantastic playing career and made a positive impact at each club he’s represented – one of those, of course, being Salford.

“With that in mind, I not only welcome an intelligent and experienced rugby guy, but more importantly a trusted friend who I am looking forward to helping him on the next phase of his rugby journey.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease also said: “We’re delighted to welcome Krisnan back to the Club in his first off-the-field venture as Assistant Coach. He has a big personality, is a positive human and will be a strong influence around the group and club.

“He was a superb player for us and the fact he represented Salford in the 2019 Super League Grand Final and 2020 Challenge Cup final means he has copious amounts of valuable experience he can bring to the squad – including five years in the NRL.”

“I’m look forward to seeing how he can develop and add the already blossoming dynamic Paul Rowley’s team have created behind the scenes. “