Salford Red Devils can confirm that loanee Seb Ikahihifo will return to Huddersfield Giants for 2022, after two seasons with us.
The 30-year-old arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years.
Ikahihifo, who made 28 appearances in a Salford shirt, said: “I’ve had a great two years here at Salford, I’ve really enjoyed playing in front of the Salford faithful who have been behind me and the team every single time we run out.
I feel like I’ve developed my game a lot here, and I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club for the last two seasons.”
Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall commented: “Seb has been a valued member of our squad, his impact off the bench for the team was superb.
“He always gave 100 % and certainly left everything out on the field. We understand the move to Huddersfield suits both parties and we wish him well with the giants.”
Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I thank him for his two years of effort playing for the Red Devils. I believe we have developed him as a player and given him time to change his game and progress with us.
“I’d also like to thank Richard Thewlis and the Giants for allowing us to work with Seb these past two seasons.”
Give Ikahihifo a send-off by joining us at the annual Player Awards night on Wednesday 22nd September. Purchase a ticket HERE.
Huddersfield Giants forward Sebastine Ikahihifo has joined Salford Red Devils on a season long loan.
The former Super League Dream Team prop bolsters the Red Devils squad for the 2020 season, which supporters can contribute towards by joining Squad Builder.
Ikahihifo said: “I’m looking forward to coming into a new environment. Speaking to Ian Watson, I know he values culture and a team bond.
“I know he’s brought a lot out of players like Tui (Lolohea) and (Krisnan) Inu, and I’m determined to work hard, so I’m sure I can get back to my best form.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to getting a full preseason and getting my fitness back to it’s best.
“Greg Brown has a good reputation, so it will be good to work with him ahead of 2020.
“Fans can expect me to run hard and tackle hard next season.
“With that aggression, things happen. Bringing energy to the field will create offloads and tackle breaks, so other players can play off it.”
The loan signing of the 28-year-old further adds to head coach Ian Watson’s options in the Red Devils pack, following the signings of Ryan Lannon, Luke Yates, Jack Ormondroyd, Pauli Pauli and James Greenwood.
Watson said: “Seb’s a great addition to our squad and will make our pack even more formidable this season, working alongside the likes of (Lee) Mossop, (Gil) Dudson and (Pauli) Pauli.
“He’s a player who I’ve been chasing for a number of seasons. His power and pace has always impressed when playing for the Giants.
“Your pack have to have an attitude to work hard defensively and take tough carries and Seb certainly enjoys that side of the game.
“He’s an an awesome bloke off the field, who’s keen to come into our environment, so I know Seb and his family will enjoy their time at Salford.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Ikahihifo, or other members of the 2020 squad, is advised to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “We’ve tracked Seb’s progress for some time now and when we met him in person, both myself and Coach Watson were very impressed by his passion.
“He understands how he needs to apply himself with us this season and is eager to come to Salford and play the best footy of his career.
“Seb spoke about how he saw first hand how our team fought together as one on the pitch, when he played against us, and he wants to be a part of our team as we build for next season.
“I feel bringing him onboard is a very important piece of our 2020 jigsaw and was desperate to conclude the deal once I knew Seb was available.
“I would therefore like to thank Huddersfield for working on this deal with me.
“Seb will be a tremendous asset for the club and a player I, like many of the supporters I am sure, can’t wait to see in a Red Devils jersey in 2020.”
To purchase 2020 Season Tickets and see Ikahihifo in action throughout the campaign, click HERE, visit the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, or phone on 0161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils back-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila has been named in the 2017 Super League Dream Team.
The Tongan forward has crossed for 14 Super League tries this season and was the form forward in the league in a run which saw Salford win 12 out of 13 games on the run in all competitions.
Murdoch-Masila becomes the first Red Devil to appear in the Super League Dream Team since David Hodgson back in 2006.
Murdoch-Masila said: “It was a massive surprise for me to be selected but I am delighted with being named in the team.
“There’s some really good players been named in this side and to be amongst them means a lot to me.
“We’ve had a real good season this year particularly if you look back to where we were at last season. Of course, we’d have liked to have kicked on and pushed a little more in the Super 8s but we’re heading in the right direction.
“I’ve just done my bit for the side throughout the season and scored a few tries. Now, I’m looking forward to a bit off and spending some time with my family who have been supportive of me since I first arrived at Salford.”
Seven Super League clubs are represented in this year’s team with League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford Tigers (6) dominating the selection along with Hull FC (2), Huddersfield Giants (1), St Helens (1), Leeds Rhinos (1), Salford Red Devils (1) and Wigan Warriors (1).
The 2017 Dream Team features eight players making their debut, including Huddersfield Giants’ Sebastine Ikahihifo, St Helens’ centre Mark Percival and Leeds Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell, who makes his debut in his first year in Super League.
Wigan Warriors and England Captain Sean O’Loughlin makes his sixth Dream Team appearance – his last appearance was in 2014.
All three players shortlisted for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award: Albert Kelly, Zak Hardaker and Luke Gale are included.
Joining Hardaker and Gale from Castleford Tigers, who have the most representatives in the Dream Team, are centre Michael Shenton and debutants Greg Eden, Grant Millington and Mike McMeeken.
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Hull FC have two representatives in the Dream Team – Albert Kelly, who features for the first time and Mahe Fonua, who appears for the second consecutive year. The Betfred Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the Betfred Super League season.
The 2017 Betfred Super League Dream Team is as follows:
- Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
- Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
- Mark Percival (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Mahe Fonua (Hull FC) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2016, 2017)
- Albert Kelly (Hull FC) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Grant Millington (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Sebastine Ikahihifo (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 6 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)