Ian Watson – “We need to be smart with who we recruit”

Ian Watson – “We need to be smart with who we recruit”

by | Oct 18, 2017

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has emphasised the importance of bringing in the right players heading into 2018.
Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei arrived midway through the 2017 season while Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion have also joined Salford for next season.
Watson, speaking to League Express, said: “We need to be smart with who we recruit.
“We won’t pay the full cap at this stage, but we’ve identified a few targets and we’re waiting to hear back from them now,” he added.
“It’s quite slow and frustrating, because I’m obsessed with being prepared. It frustrates you but it’s the game.
“You don’t want to jump in too early and lack quality; it’s getting the right people at the right time to ensure the club keeps moving in the right direction.”
A handful of players left the Club following the close of the 2017 season but Watson feels this is all part of the process to move Salford forward.
He said: “Those guys weren’t moved on for financial reasons.”
Watson added: “They were moved on to allow us to improve. Those guys have done a good job for us but we want to move in a different direction.
“We let people like Adam Walne and Olsi Krasniqi go because, with no disrespect, we lost out in the physical battle against teams like Wigan. We need more physicality more than anything.
“Obviously Michael (Dobson) was different, but that was his call. People are looking at it negatively, but if you look at the players in our group we are strong.
“Yes, we need to add players and some quality, but we still have a really strong squad. We just need to be smart in how we add to it.”
The Red Devils will be announcing at least one more acquisition in the coming weeks.

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