SIO: “IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO WALK INTO THESE DOORS!”

Ken Sio was his usual humble self when reflecting on his time at Salford Red Devils.

The 32-year-old has penned a one-year extension, meaning supporters will get to enjoy a sixth season of Sio in the red and white.

Since joining from NRL outfit, Newcastle Knights, the flying winger has become a firm fan favourite with his reliable on-field performances.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Sio admitted he was really happy to confirm his stay for another season.

“Pretty cool – awesome,” he began.

“Just to stay here again and hopefully finish here would be awesome!”

Scoring 78 tries in 104 appearances is a frankly ludicrous record.

Sio has established himself as a club great; often going under the radar in the wider-sphere, but certainly appreciated and loved by the Salford faithful.

When asked if he could believe how well his time at the club has gone on a personal level, he replied: “No, to be honest.

“I’ve always wanted to reach a Grand Final and win it; we did that in my first year here, but fell short. Then the Challenge Cup (final), but I was injured.

“It’s awesome to see the club where it is now and where it wants to go.”

After scoring so many tries and producing so many big moments for the Red Devils, Sio, when asked for his personal highlight, reminded us all of his humble nature.

“I think everyday I come into training is a highlight for me.

“It’s a privilege to walk into these doors and play my part in this team; to train well and play to heart.”

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TYLER DUPREE PENS FRESH THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SALFORD RED DEVILS

Tyler Dupree has committed his long-term future to Salford Red Devils by penning a fresh three year deal, keeping him at the Club until at least 2025.

The prop made his Betfred Super League debut in May when he made the switch from Widnes Vikings and grasped the opportunity with both hands. After a string of impressive displays, he became a regular starter in Paul Rowley’s set-up towards the end of the campaign.

The 22-year-old began his Rugby League journey at Salford’s scholarship six years ago before leaving to join Leeds Rhinos’ academy.

He has since enjoyed spells at Featherstone Rovers, Batley Bulldogs and York City Knights, before signing for Oldham Roughyeds for the 2021 Betfred Championship season – finishing that year with the competition’s Young Player of the Year Award.

Upon extending his stay with the Red Devils, Dupree said: “I’m over the moon to be extending my stay with a club who gave me the opportunity to fulfil my dream and play in Super League.

“It’s a great moment for me and my family, and hopefully many more years to come!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “It’s great news to keep a young English forward within our club. His progression last year was fantastic and a credit to his attitude and work ethic.

“Myself and the group are really pleased he’s chosen to extend and look forward to helping him fulfil his goals whilst wearing the Salford badge.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease also said: “I’m so pleased to keep Tyler at our club for the next three years.

“He has been superb for us thus far and it has been very pleasing to see him develop his game since we signed him in May, playing so well for us all season and throughout the play offs – culminating in Tyler grabbing his England Knights debut.

“Tyler can now work even harder and concentrate his efforts long term for the Red Devils. I’m very excited to see how he progresses next season and beyond – he has the talent and ability to take his career to the very highest levels of Rugby League ”

RYAN BRIERLEY PENS NEW THREE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce full-back, Ryan Brierley has signed a new three-year contract with the Club.

A boyhood Red Devils fan, Brierley was a regular at the Willows with his family and completed his dream move to the Club last September. Since then, the Scotland international has gone from strength to strength at the AJ Bell and established himself as one of the competitions finest full-backs.

The 30-year-old was an ever-present for Head Coach, Paul Rowley during the 2022 season and racked up 31 try contributions during the regular campaign, scoring a further two tries in the play-offs.

Speaking in the wake of signing a new deal, Brierley said: “I’m over the moon to sign a new deal with the Club. Salford people are my people and the responsibility that comes with this shirt is a privilege.

“I’m hungry to get going next season, under Rowls and alongside these remarkable group of lads, I know we can challenge for trophies.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “It’s fantastic news for the Club that Ryan is going to continue his Super League journey with Salford.

“Ryan was a top performer last season and is very much a leader amongst the group. On a personal level, I have total trust in him and to be able to have Ryan in my playing group and continue our rugby journey together is both rewarding and enjoyable enjoyable in equal measures.”

Also commenting on the deal, director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease said: “I’m absolutely delighted Ryan has extended his stay with the Red Devils until 2025.

“As a boyhood Salford supporter, I know he gives his all every single week and his development as a player over the last 12 months has been extraordinary.

“He is a vital part of our spine and the relationships he’s formed on the field have been crucial to our success in 2022 and we hope to continue that into 2023 and beyond!”

Squad | Devils Tie Up Deal For Murray

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that highly-rated forward Daniel Murray has agreed a new two-year contract to stay at the The Salford Stadium.
Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “Several clubs had shown keen interest in Daniel and I think a couple of them thought they had a got a deal over the line, but we are delighted he has chosen to continue to develop his Super League career at Salford.
“Daniel’s is a player that is very highly-rated by myself and our coaching staff and undoubtedly one of the most promising young forward talents in the English game. He has shown a great deal of patience and willingness to and has handled these negotiations in a professional manner and we thank him for that.”
Murray was equally delighted to continue his career at the Red Devils and said: “I wanted to stay because I see my career progressing the way I want it to progress. Salford have been a credit to that. The way I have developed over two years has been perfect.
“Going forward I want to achieve a regular starting position and establish myself as a forward here.  Over last two weeks this has been the Salford we want Salford. It is about kicking on now and getting what we want to achieve in 2018.
“Thanks to the fans who come week in week out supporting the team, win, draw or lose. They are a credit to themselves and they are the reason I have decided to stay and develop here.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are really happy we have got Daniel Murray over the line. He was becoming a hot property within the game, where clubs were showing a lot of interest in acquiring his services.
“He’s a great lad and with how he’s developed over the last couple of years I think it shows the progress of Daniel and Salford.
“We picked him up two years ago having been released from Warrington and his work ethic and attitude have been first class. He is willing to listen and learn and his performances over the last couple of seasons have shown everybody the potential he has, and I’m sure he will be a Super League player for a long, long time and this new contract is a reward for his work ethic.”

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