BRIERLEY: “THAT’S A PRETTY SPECIAL FEELING!”

Away from the rugby field, Ryan Brierley has a slightly different responsibility.

In 2020, he established the Player’s Player; a sports management company based in the North West, covering the whole of the United Kingdom and beyond. 

One of many athletes on his books is Manchester City and Lioness star, Jess Park.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, after penning his new three-year contract, Brierley was discussing why he decided to pursue becoming an agent.

He said: “I love that side of it; looking after players and representing them.

“It’s funny because when I first set it up, my agent told me to go nowhere near it – he said it’s one of the worst jobs in rugby league!

“I’ve strictly kept it to football, which has helped me massively. Just the fact that they trust me with their career is nice, it’s really humbling that when things go wrong, they turn to me.

“I’d like to think I’ve gone through enough in my career where I can give advice and knowledge that is useful to them.

“Because I think I’ve not had it all my own way in my career, I’ve had to go through some tough times as well, in different scenarios that are difficult for young players to go through.”

Park – who kindly came down to one part of Brierley’s contract shoot – has made five appearances for the England Women’s national team, scoring one goal.

That strike came on her debut in November 2022 – a night Brierley recalls very fondly.

He stated: “I’d like to think I’m well-versed and in a good position to give advice to young players, and the way that they trust me with a lot of stuff is really nice.

“Seeing one of your players play for England at Wembley; I didn’t think I’d ever get close to that, so to see that happen, I kind of get the feeling of when my mum and dad watch me play, how good it feels, how special it feels.

“So that’s a pretty special feeling and one that I want to last forever.”

Brierley finished by admitting his own experiences have shaped how he approaches different situations with the players involved with his agency.

“Ultimately, it came from a position where I didn’t want to let any of my players go through a day of what I went through,” the fullback continued.

“There’s been tough moments in my career and hopefully the players don’t go through any of that, and I can help them.”

To see the full interview with Ryan, head over to our YouTube channel HERE.

BRIERLEY: “NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE!”

Ryan Brierley couldn’t hide his delight after penning another three-year contract at his boyhood club.

From the stands to under the sticks, the remarkable rise of one of our own continues.

After enjoying what was likely the best season of his professional career in 2023, Brierley has put any speculation to bed with this new long-term deal.

Finally becoming a red in 2022, the fullback quickly established himself as the club’s number one and hasn’t looked back since.

He has made a name as one of the best support players in the competition. He is so often at the heart of our best attacking displays, but Brierley’s defensive game has also been a major standout during 2023.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Brierley was thrilled to finally confirm his stay.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time since I joined the club and – hopefully – we can get a few more players over the line to add to an already decent team, and improve on last year, which is the main thing.

“This team needs success over the next couple of years and hopefully I can be influential to that.”

“All my family are buzzing – they all get a couple more free tickets don’t they,” Brierley joked when asked how his family feel about extending his stay.

“I’ve made no secret about it, the people who come to the games are my people. Obviously my family are really proud and seeing them in the stands every week is pretty special.

“There’s no place I’d rather be!”

His connection to Salford Red Devils is perhaps deeper than anyone in the current squad. Brierley has mentioned in the past how his dad used to take him to our old ground, the Willows and sit in the famous Shed End.

“My brother text me something similar because we used to go to the games together when we was younger,” he responded when asked about playing for his boyhood club.

“It probably hasn’t really sunk in yet. It will probably be when I finish my career, one of the proudest moments knowing I’ve fulfilled a dream.

“To extend my stay is brilliant, but just to play one game was pretty special for me and my family, so no-one can take that away from me.

“That was my dream as a kid and it’s definitely a dream fulfilled, so it’s nice to extend the stay a bit longer!”

To hear our full chat with Ryan on a number of topics, click HERE.

RYAN BRIERLEY SIGNS NEW THREE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to reveal Ryan Brierley has signed a new three-year contract at Salford Red Devils.

One of our own has put all recent speculation to bed by committing his future at the Salford Stadium until the end of 2026.

This extension comes directly after what was widely regarded as the best of his professional career so far.

In 29 appearances, Brierley provided 18 try contributions across 2023 and was so often at the heart of our best attacking performances.

That, in tandem with some outstanding defensive contributions across the campaign, earned mass plaudits from his teammates, the coaching staff and the wider fanbase.

He was recognised for his incredible efforts by picking up the Supporters’ Player and Coaches’ Player of the Year trophies at our end of season awards evening.

In reaction to confirmation of his new deal, Brierley said: “I am delighted to extend my stay with this club.

“It’s been a crazy few days, but I reiterated all along my desire was to stay here and the club never let me down. They made sure I felt wanted and valued, and stuck to their word.

“My team mates are the best group I’ve been involved with, and that’s a testament to Paul Rowley and his coaching staff, who clearly know how to get the best out of me.

“There’s only one person who I think can deliver a trophy for this club and it’s Paul Rowley – and I want to be here when that happens.

“I have a huge interest in growing the club off the field and believe I can be influential in that area, but my only focus for the next three years is winning a trophy for my club!”

Brierley continued: “I would like to thank Paul King, Ian Blease and Paul Rowley for the work with my manager in delivering what I wanted – and that’s being a Salford Red Devils player.

“I want to publicly thank MUSE for their continued support and allowing us to maximise this moment alongside them.

“I want to say thank you to Marc Darcy Suits, once again, for their sponsorship of the club and making the boys look extremely sharp on match day – and their willingness to make this contract renewal modern, fresh and exciting.

“Thank you to Manchester City, Etihad Airways and Jess Park for there collaboration and support for this content to be shared with you guys.

“Hopefully more eyes from different sports and communities can be excited about these partnerships we are building!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “It is fantastic that Ryan has extended his contract and committed long-term to the club.

“He adds so much value on and off the field not only to the team, but to the club as a whole. He had a great year last year and was key to most things good happening.

“Myself and the lads are made up that we get to continue our journey with Ryan by our side and we have total belief in him, and what he brings to our group.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “Having come close to signing Ryan on a few occasions previously, it was a pleasure to finally secure his signature in 2022 – and what a great signing he has been for our club!

“Ryan has come into his own at the Red Devils, both as a player and person.

“It is down to his own hard work and deduction to his role within the club that he now one of our most trusted, and influential players.

“It has been a pleasure to reward and extend Ryan’s contract. I believe he has thoroughly deserved it, through both his on pitch performances and the way he operates outside of the club.

“I look forward to sharing the coming seasons with Ryan and his wonderful family!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils is delighted Ryan has extended his stay at the club and want to wish him a huge congratulations.

Join our number one and the rest of the squad in 2024 by purchasing your season ticket HERE.

BEN HELLEWELL SIGNS NEW ONE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to reveal Scotland international, Ben Hellewell has signed a new one-year deal at Salford Red Devils.

After an initial two-week loan in 2022, the 31-year-old joined the club permanently from Featherstone Rovers in 2023 and has enjoyed a fruitful season in red and white.

Making 19 appearances, Hellewell scored four tries and seemed to find a consistent spot in the team as the season progressed.

Hellewell has also represented the Scottish national team on 22 occasions – including during last year’s Rugby League World Cup, in England.

In reaction to signing his new deal, Hellewell said: “I am thrilled to have signed for another season at this great club.

“I really enjoyed my time here last season so it was a no brainer for me to re-sign when the opportunity came.

“I’m looking forward for the start of pre-season with the lads, coaching staff and meeting the new arrivals – preparing for what I know is going to be a strong 2024 season.

“The goal is to win a bit of silverware for the fans – especially what they’ve done for the club!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “It is great to have Ben remain with Salford for 2024.

“From the minute he stepped into our club he earned the respect of the group with his selfless, team-first attitude and so with that in mind, it was always important to keep him within our group.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has added: “Ben is a very valued member of this group and I am delighted we have been able to extend his contract by a further season.

“After his two-week loan in 2022, we knew he had all the attributes to fit into this side. His progression this year has been fantastic and he has clearly been well received by the supporters.

“I would like to congratulate Ben on his new deal and look forward to working with him in 2024!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to congratulate Ben on his extension.

Join Ben at the Salford Stadium in 2024 by purchasing your season ticket HERE.

AMIR BOUROUH PENS NEW ONE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to reveal talented hooker, Amir Bourouh has signed a new one-year deal at Salford Red Devils.

The 22-year-old will continue his exciting development under the tutelage of Paul Rowley across 2024, as he looks to achieve his full potential in a Red Devils’ shirt.

Bourouh actually made his Betfred Super League debut against Salford, but made the switch from Wigan Warriors in 2022, on a two-year deal.

He has since made 19 appearances for the first-team, with a more prominent role evident across 2023; often trusted in the absence of premiere hooker, Andy Ackers.

During his time at the club, Bourouh has also enjoyed loan spells at London Broncos, Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions – gaining valuable match experience against some tough opposition.

By signing a one-year extension, the hooker can continue to work and hone his skills under a Head Coach who achieved so much, in the same position.

In reaction to extending his contract, Bourouh said: “I am over the moon to have extended my stay at Salford – looking forward to seeing you all next year!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “It is great news that Amir has extended his contract.

“The whole playing and coaching group have huge respect for Amir; he’s been a fantastic and valuable team member.

“He is a pleasure to coach and the playing group will be delighted that he is continuing his journey with this bunch of best mates!”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease, has added: “Amir is a really exciting talent and I am glad we have been able to extend his contract by a further season.

“He is a player with a lot of potential and this club is definitely the right place for him to realise that – especially under this group of coaching staff.

“It was clear he grew in confidence across 2023 and I look forward to seeing how he can contribute to the team in 2024!”

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Amir on his new deal.

Our young gun is locked-in for 2024, are you? Grab your season ticket HERE!

GALLERY: CROSS SIGNS NEW SALFORD CONTRACT

Deon’s a Red Devil for two more years!

After putting pen to paper on fresh terms, the England Knights international was whisked around the ground on his media duties.

It’s been an incredible journey for Cross and he’ll be hoping to continue his rapid development under the tutelage of Paul Rowley and his coaching staff.

As ever, we were there to capture what he got up to on resigning day – with photos courtesy of club photographer, Steve McCormick:


HARD WORK PAYS OFF!

It’s not always been plain sailing for the 27-year-old, but what a player he’s turned into!


SEE YOU SOON!

2023 may be over, but Deon and co. will soon be back on this field in 2024!


WHAT A JOURNEY!

Cross backed-up a stunning debut season with another fine performance across 2023.


ITS A KIND OF MAGIC

Deon has signed a Magic Weekend shirt for one of you lucky people to win – stay tuned on our socials to see how you can get involved!


THINGS YOU LOVE TO SEE

Our stellar centre is all smiles after committing his long-term future to the club.


DONE AND DUSTED

Sealed with a handshake, Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease pose with Deon for a photo to confirm his two-year extension!


DEON CROSS SIGNS NEW TWO-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to announce Deon Cross has signed a new two-year deal at Salford Red Devils, with the option to extend by a further year.

The 27-year-old has been an outstanding addition since joining the club from Widnes Vikings at the start of 2022.

Arriving as a natural winger, but now thriving at centre, Cross has continued his rapid development under the tutelage of Paul Rowley and the rest of the coaching team.

In his debut season, Cross scored 14 tries in 29 games and earned a call-up to the England Knights squad – making his debut against Scotland in a 28-4 victory.

There’s no doubt – with this long-term extension – Cross will continue to be an important member of the team for years and years to come.

In reaction to extending his stay at the club, Cross said: “I’m really pleased to extend my contract at Salford.

“The club have given me this opportunity and I want to repay them with my performances and help achieve the goals that we have set as a team!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “Myself and the group are delighted that Deon has extended his contract.

“He has had an incredible journey in rugby league and we look forward to being a part of it going forward – and helping him continue his remarkable progression.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “It has been a real pleasure to see Deon’s development at Salford Red Devils.

“He is a player who embodies dedication and hard work. To see how he prepares for a game leaves me with no surprise when he performs to a high standard on the weekend.

“I am delighted we have been able to retain his services for the next few years. Deon is a first-class person and to see him pull on an England Knights jersey last year was a very proud moment for everyone at the club.

“I would like to congratulate Deon on his new contract and look forward to seeing him progress even further in 2024!”

Deon is committed for 2024 – are you? Buy your season ticket HERE!

KING VUNIYAYAWA SIGNS NEW TWO-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to announce King Vuniyayawa has signed a new two-year deal at Salford Red Devils.

The 28-year-old Fijian joins Shane Wright as the second forward to commit their long-term future to the club, penning terms until the end of 2025.

King joined the club from Leeds Rhinos in 2022 and has been an ever-present in Paul Rowley’s forward pack.

Before moving to England, the 28-year-old also made five appearances for NRL side, New Zealand Warriors and has represented Fiji at the recent Rugby League World Cup.

Twenty two appearances and two tries later, the metre-eater has signed a new deal and will want to play a major role in any success going forward.

In reaction to extending his stay, Vuniyayawa has said: “I am really excited to extend my stay here at Salford and looking forward to what we can build at this club in the future!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley, has added: “It is great to retain the services of King and we look forward to helping him reach his potential in Salford colours.

“Retaining players like King is a good start to us building a competitive squad for next year and beyond!”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “It is great news we have been able to extend King’s contract until 2025.

“Ever since his debut, we have seen him develop immensely under the current coaching staff and I know he is well-respected by his teammates, and all the staff.

“I look forward to seeing the next step in his journey and I am delighted that will be in a Red Devils shirt!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to congratulate King on his new deal!

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