by | Jul 10, 2024

We are delighted to reveal Nathan Connell has signed his first professional rugby league contract.

The youngster has already been a regular part of Paul Rowley’s first-grade squad this season, but he has now penned a deal which sees him officially become a first-team player.

Connell has been involved with the Club since the age of 14 and progressed through the Salford Red Devils Foundation’s Rising Stars programme.

He signed-up for the Dual Development College Academy at Eccles Sixth Form college, where he studied a Sports BTEC alongside developing his rugby league skills.

Quickly making his name as a skilful, but brave fullback, Connell spent three hugely beneficial years with the Development Academy.

In his final season, Connell captained the side to a fourth-place finish and picked-up the Players’ Player of the Year award.

It was also during that period where he made the step-up to Reserve grade rugby and appeared for the first time on the wing against London Broncos.

He has since become a regular starter for Stuart Wilkinson’s side and impressed enough to earn multiple appearances for Ireland’s U19s.

That includes the 2022 European Championships, where he was named fullback of the tournament after some outstanding performances.

Connell was called-up up to train with the first team in pre-season and was involved in various match day squads before making his Betfred Super League debut against London Broncos in early-June.

In reaction to signing his first pro contract, Connell has said: “I’m delighted to have signed my first professional contract with Salford Red Devils.

“As a young player, I’m eager to give my all to the team and the fans. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to officially be part of such a great club.

“I’m continuing to work hard this season, but I’m already looking forward to the 2025 season and what awaits.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “Nathan has taken a different route to becoming a full-time pro rugby player.

“He’s had to show resilience and an admirable attitude to never give up and have belief. Both Nathan and Jamie are a pleasure to work with and epitomise what our club is about – hard work, belief and opportunity.

“Nathan has a great future ahead of him and everybody is really pleased for him.”

Everyone at the Club would like to send their congratulations to Nathan on a well-deserved contract and look forward to seeing him make many more appearances in 2025.

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