SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN ESAN MARSTERS FOR 2025

We are delighted to announce the signing of Esan Marsters from Huddersfield Giants for the 2025 Betfred Super League season.

The versatile centre is an exciting addition to Paul Rowley’s squad and will join the club on a three-year deal – confirming his stay until the end of 2027.

Marsters made 86 NRL appearances across stints with West Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, before making a switch to England.

His most successful period during that time was with the Tigers, where he scored 17 tries and kicked 96 goals between 2017-19.

Since arriving in the Betfred Super League, Marsters has continued to show his class and become a vital cog in the Giants team – notching eight tries in his 34 appearances so far.

He has also represented New Zealand and the Cook Islands at international level – including the delayed 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

He becomes our first addition of 2025 and will link up with his new teammates during pre-season.

Speaking ahead of his move, Esan said: “I am really grateful and excited for the opportunity to play for and represent Salford Red Devils over the coming three years.”

“Speaking with Paul Rowley and Krisnan Inu it became clear that our values and attitude towards rugby and community align and I will work tirelessly to earn the trust and respect of my teammates, coaching staff and Red Devils fans who I know play a huge role in the success of the club.”

In reaction to the news, Head Coach, Paul Rowley has said: “In preparation for the 2025 season, Esan is a fantastic addition to the group.

“He adds more strike and versatility to the back line and I am looking forward to seeing him enjoy himself in Salford colours.

“On behalf of everybody at the club, we welcome Esan, whilst also wishing him well for the remainder of the season.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would like to welcome Esan and his family to Salford Red Devils.

“Esan is a very exciting signing for us and I am delighted to get this deal over the line.

“He is an outstanding talent, a perfect fit for this team and someone I know our coaching staff can take to the next level.

“I am sure our supporters will be delighted to hear this news and I personally can not wait to see him in a red shirt next season.”

Everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming Esan and his family ahead of the 2025 campaign.

ROWLEY NAMES ROUND 12 SQUAD TO FACE WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named his squad to face Wigan Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

After a short break, Salford Red Devils are back in Betfred Super League action, as the world champions come to town for the second time in 2024.

With a third of the season completed, seven wins from our first 11 games signals a positive start, but the team will be eager to bounce back from defeat against Leigh Leopards in our last outing.


SQUAD NEWS

With a week to rest and recharge, there’s a few changes to the squad for Round 12.

Shane Wright, Joe Shorrocks, Gil Dudson and Joe Mellor are all back in contention after recovering from their respective injuries – a massive boost for our Head Coach.

However, Cade Cust, Jack Ormondroyd, Ben Hellewell and Adam Sidlow are all struggling with knocks of their own and miss out this week.

There is potential to see new signing, Harvey Wilson in action, as the youngster is named for the first time since his move from Wigan Warriors.

Check out the squad below and head to socials to give your reaction.

BRIERLEY: “OUR CLUB CAPTAIN IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHO KIDS CAN LOOK UP TO…”

Ryan Brierley believes players like Kallum Watkins can be an inspiration to up and coming young talent in our newly-awarded Elite Academy.

Today’s announcement is a massive step in the right direction for the entire club, with plans to build on the already strong infrastructure in place and nurture young, local talent into players who could one day represent Salford Red Devils.

One of our Own, Ryan Brierley didn’t come through the ranks at the club, but knows just what it means to represent his boyhood team – and wants others to have the same experience.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, the fullback was asked how he feels to see a new generation of players now given the opportunity to progress through their grassroots clubs’, into the Red Devils’ Elite Academy.

“I think that’s the exciting thing when you’re looking behind your shoulder, there’s people trying to take your shirt – and there’s a pathway there to take that,” he said.

“We’ve probably felt guilt over recent years that we’ve not created many youngsters, but I think if you look at our captain, Kallum Watkins, it shouldn’t have taken him that long to end up back at Salford, he should’ve been here a lot sooner.

“People can aspire to be people like Kallum, who is an England international and is now the club captain.

“I know as a young kid that you always focus on your idols; not so much teams, but you focus on certain players.

“I think our club captain is a perfect example of someone who kids can look up to, idolise – and I suppose it’s an exciting opportunity from top looking down to see the young kids coming through, and want to play for Salford.

“I think that’ll be the big difference in having a pathway. Not many kids idolise or want to play for Salford, but I’d love to change that narrative and now we’ve got our own academy, that can start to happen.”

To see our full chat with Ryan, click below.

RED DEVILS SECURE ELITE ACADEMY LICENCE

Salford Red Devils are excited to confirm that the Club has been awarded an Elite Academy Licence.

Securing the Elite Academy Licence is a significant piece of the jigsaw and efforts since the Club’s previous application have sought to reaffirm that.

Since 2021, the Club have invested into a strong pathway programme through the REDS, Development Academy and Reserves Programmes – with 26 players having secured professional contracts. Whilst key appointments have strengthened the pathway, with first class personnel already in the system, this already strong infrastructure will now be built upon.

The Aims of the Academy are as follows:

  • Creating an environment of excellence for young players to develop and progress to represent Salford Red Devils in the Super League.
  • Developing people first in “The Salford Way”, with a top rate personal development and welfare programme.
  • Driven by innovation.
  • One Club – “The Red Thread” permeating through every aspect of the Club.
  • Ensuring all players respect the balance between Rugby League, Education and being ‘Future Ready’.
  • Producing at least five players for the Salford Red Devils First Team squad in 5 years.

In tandem with the incoming Rugby Strategy for Salford, the Elite Academy Licence supports the ethos of the RED Thread – the core values of the Club. Together, they connect that young child lacing up their boots for the first time with the first-team star pulling on the shirt and representing Salford.

Managing Director, Paul King said:

“I am delighted with the decision to award the Club an Elite Academy Licence. It is outstanding news for everyone involved with the bid, and pivotal in our strategy to drive the Club forwards.

“Today’s announcement is recognition and a deserved reward for the hard work not only put into this bid, but also in to laying the foundations for its success since 2021.

“Those foundations have already enabled so much, and now the licence gives us an opportunity to build on them and develop elite players that no longer have to leave our City in order to pursue a career in rugby league.”

Speaking on the Club’s previous application in 2021, Paul Trainor, Director added; “We chose to use that as a catalyst to create a first-rate player pathway coaching team creating a system which develops great people as well as great rugby players.

“Our Academy programme will ensure that the players coming through the club will understand what it means to represent the City of Salford as well as our club, demonstrating our “Red Thread” core values as an ambassador of the club.  

Over the past three years, our Rising Stars, REDS, Development Academy and Reserve Team pathways have produced 26 players who have gone on to be rewarded with professional contacts, either at Salford Red Devils or at other clubs.

Ian Blease, Director of Rugby Operations said;

“This is a sign of the quality of our system, which the Elite Academy will enhance even further. Having our Elite Academy Licence provides the opportunity for the club to retain the best talent in the City of Salford, as well as support their education and begin their journey to achieve their dreams of playing for Salford Red Devils in Super League.

“We look forward to welcoming them and their families into the Salford family.”

The Club would also like to give thanks to the partners, donors and businesses who have provided support to the pathway. Their unwavering support has contributed to a successful bid and enabled young people to have a chance at achieving their dreams.

Should further individuals, groups or businesses wish to discuss supporting the Academy moving forward please contact chris.irwin@salfordreddevils.net.

WILSON: “I JUST WANT TO TEST MYSELF IN A FIRST-TEAM ENVIRONMENT”

New signing, Harvey Wilson is excited to test his abilities in a first-team environment.

The youngster has become the latest addition to Paul Rowley’s squad and will bolster our forward pack for the next two years.

After progressing through the ranks with Wigan Warriors’ Scholarship programme, the 20-year-old has enjoyed loan spells at various Championship clubs and will now make the step-up to a professional environment for the first time.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Wilson said: “I’m excited to be here. I’ve been around a first-team environment before, but it’s a bit of a new thing for me.

“The players, coaches and everyone have been really welcoming – I’ve had a good first day, good session.”

Moving on to describe what skillset he can bring to the team, the forward continued: “I think I’m a bit of a smaller middle, so I’ve got a bit of pace, a bit of ball-handling.

“I like to think I’m a bit strong too, but I’d like to see about that at first-team level.”

“I think I’m just starting to come into my own a little bit. From Academy/Reserves, up to Championship, it’s a big step – bigger bodies.

“But I think I’ve done well in Champ and I just want to test myself in a first-team environment against some other first-team players.”

Wilson has already been hard at work in training, linking-up on Monday morning as the team prepare for the visit of world champions, Wigan Warriors this Sunday.

“All the time. I think it’s important, however old you are – even if I was a bit older – if there’s people that are more experienced or people that are younger that have a good skillset, ” he stated when asked whether he’ll be leaning on the advice of some of the senior figures in the team.

“But it’s just about asking questions, I’ll be asking questions all the time, getting as much as I can.

“They’ve already been great. Like today I’ve had a lot of people saying a lot of things; what they can tip me up with with.”

To see our full, first interview with Harvey, click below.

HARVEY WILSON SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the signing of Harvey Wilson from Wigan Warriors.

The 20-year-old has joined the club immediately for the remainder of 2024 and will also be part of Paul Rowley’s playing squad for 2025.

Wilson is a young forward who started his career at Clock Face Miners, Orrell St James and Siddal, before signing for Wigan in 2020.

Since his move into the Warriors Scholarship programme, Wilson has enjoyed loan spells at Oldham Roughyeds, Widnes Vikings and most recently, Bradford Bulls.

The youngster has already linked-up with his new teammates for training and will continue his exciting development under our coaching staff.

In reaction to joining Salford Red Devils, Wilson has said: “I am really looking forward to joining Salford.

“I can’t wait to get into it and take any opportunity I can to help the club. I am looking forward to playing with the lads and in front of the fans!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “I am pleased to welcome Harvey to the club. He’s a very determined young player who will be a great addition to our group.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would like to welcome Harvey and his family to Salford Red Devils.

“Harvey will now get the opportunity to position himself within our team and bolster our forward pack for the remainder of this season, and next.

“Harvey comes in off his growing reputation within the game, and I am really excited to see how he grabs this opportunity.

“Finally, I would like to say thank you Kris Radlinski and the Wigan club for allowing Harvey to take up this position at the Red Devils!”

Everyone at Salford would like to welcome Harvey to the club and look forward to seeing his progression over the next 18 months.

WOMEN’S TEAM TO HOST MID-SEASON TRIALS

Our Women’s team are looking for aspirational athletes who want to join our already talented playing group.

This season, they are competing the the Women’s Championship, with a view to progressing into the Betfred Women’s Super League. 

We’re looking for players who can commit to training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as match days – which are predominantly Sundays.

The season concludes late-September/early October and pre-season for 2025 will start around December 2024.

Trials will take place on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th May at the Salford Stadium (AJ Bell Stadium). 

Registration is at 6:30pm in the main stadium entrance. There will be a mix of field, fitness, skill and contact, so please bring boots and trainers.

By filling out this form you are confirming your attendance, however if you have any other queries please email womensrl@salfordreddevils.net

If you are already registered with a Super League club, you can also speak to your team manager or coach about possible dual-registration.

Click HERE to register your attendance.

WARRINGTON TRIP ON SALE NOW

Tickets for our Betfred Super League trip to take-on Warrington Wolves are on sale now.

Our next away clash is only a short journey down the M62, where an in-form Wire side, led by Sam Burgess, will be looking to get revenge from our previous meeting in late-April.

A hard-fought victory for Salford was kickstarted by a sublime, solo run by Tim Lafai, who fended multiple Wire defenders before crashing over in the left corner.

Joe Mellor also crossed for his first in Red Devils’ colours, but the game was eventually settled by a penalty-try when Danny Walker impeded Ryan Brierley from grounding just 10 minutes from time.

Our next encounter will be at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, June 14th, with a 8pm kick-off.

Tickets are on sale now – click HERE to join us for a massive game in Round 14.

Prices for this fixture are: £26 Adults, £20 for Concessions (65+) and 17-23 year-olds, £14 for Junior 12-16 year-olds, £12 for Junior U12s, and £5 for Junior 2-5 year-olds.

Infant U2s and Ambulant Carers are FOC.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will have to book directly from Warrington’s ticket office by calling 01925 248888.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.

FREE PRODUCT FROM BRAINS CBD

Club partner, Brains Pure CBD, are giving supporters an opportunity to claim free CBD product worth £50 ahead of our home game against Wigan Warriors.

Taking CBD has been studied to support your well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, supporting joint health, and reducing chronic pain.

To claim your free product, complete the Brains Pure CBD form by clicking here.

Don’t miss out! Fill out the form, and visit the ABK Beer Bus on Sunday 26th May, and collect your free product.

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