Academy | Over thirty students join Salford Red Devils

The Salford Red Devils U19 Category Three Academy have enrolled over thirty new students for the upcoming season.
This is an increase on last season’s numbers and all students were introduced to Salford Red Devils by meeting Head Coach Ian Watson, Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and First Team Captain Lee Mossop.
Danny Barton, Salford Red Devils Academy Player Performance Manager, said: “It’s fantastic we’ve had such an appetite for the course and for people wanting to come and play Rugby League here at Salford.
“I felt it was important that they met the likes of Ian Watson, Ian Blease and Lee Mossop so they could get a feel of what representing this Club is all about and what is expected of them.
“I’ve been really impressed with the attitude of each student that has enrolled already and everyone seems to be looking forward to the season ahead.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s important that we have a strong academy set-up to help us spot potential in the local area and further afield who could eventually run out for the Salford Red Devils first team.”
The team recently went to Prestatyn for a pre-season training camp – lasting a full weekend- which saw their fitness, skills and teamwork tested.
Barton said: “The pre-season training camp is the perfect opportunity for me as a Coach to look at what I’ve got at my disposal for the upcoming season.
“But, it’s also the perfect opportunity for the lads to bond as a team and begin to get to know each other more and start to the processes of becoming an actual team.
“I put the lads through their paces in Wales and the response from the lads was fantastic. They all knuckled down, worked hard with no complaints and really impressed me.
“We look like we’ve got some really talented players in the squad and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop here at Salford Red Devils.”
Since returning the Academy have been continuing to work hard with their first gym session of the year being hosted by Salford Red Devils partners at the The Salford Stadium – MultiFit Salford.
“It was good to get the lads in the gym and get them working on their strength heading into the season,” Barton said.
He added: “We’d like to thank Multifit for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities and the lads are looking forward to regularly heading into the gym throughout the season.”

Academy | Dan Goddard on way to Serbia with Ireland

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that U19s player Dan Goddard has been selected to represent Ireland U19s in the upcoming U19 European Championships in Serbia.
Goddard is the third Salford Red Devils U19 player now headed to Belgrade alongside Welsh duo William Mills and Matthew Jones who were named last week. Read more about that here.
Player Performance Manager Danny Barton said: “Obviously, we’re thrilled for Dan following his inclusion in the Ireland squad.
“Dan is a really good player who has had a terrific season. His work ethic and attitude are second to none and that has been rewarded with his selection.
“It’s great to have three players headed to the U19 European Championships in August and I think it just demonstrates the quality of young lads we have here at Salford Red Devils.”
The full squad is as follows:
Luke Findlow (Ince Rose Bridge), Ryan Curran (Athy Sharks), Conor Smyth (Athy Sharks), James Cromie (Belfast Stags), Zack Fellows (Midland Hurricanes), Josh Basthill (Belfast Met Scholars), Fiach Millward (Athy Sharks), Paul McGookin (Belfast Stags), Sam Cullen (Athy Sharks), Ronan Michael (Longhorns RL), Callum O’Neill (Widnes Vikings), Joe Togher (Hindley), Charlie Donnelly (Dublin City Exiles), Josh MacNamee (Longhorns RL), Shalun Carey (Longhorns RL), John Why (Galway Tribesmen), Jordan McKibbin (Portadown Pumas), Kevin Varga (Longhorns RL), Andrew Smyth (Belfast Met Scholars), James Mulvaney (Longhorns RL), Sam O’Sullivan (Galway Tribesmen), Gareth Gardiner (Belfast Met Scholars), Dan Goddard (Salford Red Devils).

Danny Barton | “There’s a big focus from everyone at the Club on our youth”

Salford Red Devils Category Three U19’s side gathered for their first session ahead of the 2018-19 season earlier this week and Player Performance Manager Danny Barton is ‘excited’ to see the new talent progress.
Barton said: “Our first training session was fantastic.
“We’ve recruited really well when it comes to our 19s this season. We’ve got some really exciting kids on board with a lot of local talent some of whom have progressed through from our 16s.
“They’re all passionate about playing for Salford Red Devils and going as far as they can here at the Club and, maybe, even challenging for a position in the first team down the line.
“There’s a big focus from everyone at the Club on our youth at the moment.”
Danny Barton has been working closely with Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson and this has seen youngsters Sam Bardsley and Jack Ratcliffe begin training with the first team.
Barton said: “We’re all in the same mindset and we’re all local which really helps.
“It all seems to be coming together with Ian [Blease] as Director of Rugby and Ian [Watson] as Head Coach and we’re all looking to develop and further our youth development here at Salford Red Devils.
“I’d love to get someone into the first team within the next five years – that’s the goal.
“We had Jack [Ratcliffe] and Sam [Bardsley] down talking to the 19s earlier this week and discussing what it’s like training with the first team and I think some of the lads realised the opportunity they have in front of them.”
Barton’s Salford Red Devils Category Three U19s side have moved up a division for the 2018-19 season but the Player Performance Manager is confident his team can impress on the back of a restructuring of the league.
Barton said: “Fixtures for the 19s start in September but we’ll be heading into pre-season in the coming weeks.
“The lads have got some programmes from our conditioners, so they can come into pre-season fit and healthy and hopefully make an impact on the field this season.
“We are looking at having two teams at 19s this season with one team competing in the top division.
“I’m excited to see the lads progress here at Salford and I’m looking forward to getting the season underway.”
More information on the Salford Red Devils U19s fixtures will be made available nearer the beginning of their season.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
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U16S TO KICK OFF SEASON WITH CURTAIN RAISER

David Clegg Meets With Player Development Manager, Danny Barton, Who Previews Their Coming Season
A curtain raiser to this Sunday’s first team friendly with Swinton Lions, will kick start Salford’s U16s mini-season, with a home game, played in the outside enclosure behind the South Stand, against Barrow, KO 11.00.
With coach Danny Barton also in charge of the rapidly improving U19s College Academy, there is once again, now, a clear pathway of progression for our youngsters to make the complete progress right through to the first team squad, and indeed, he informs me, the present U19s side is comprised of many of last year’s U16s squad.
He also is pleased to bring us up to date with a number of changes, determined by the RFL, as to how the U16s will operate this coming season, which he firmly believes will be beneficial to Salford and to the players within a considerably increased squad.
“ ‘England Talent Pathway’, as they have entitled it, has replaced ‘Embed The Pathway’ the previous system under which we operated,” he explains.  “Rather than having an U16s squad of around twenty lads, we shall be running two distinct groups, named Blacks and Reds, both of which will have their own sets of fixtures, which they will play over the next two months.
“There is no longer a maximum number of players that we must keep within, and in fact we currently have around fifty youngsters who we have been working with, over the past few months.”
Not only that, but the structure of the actual games will be significantly different.
“Instead of two halves of thirty-five minutes, we shall be playing four quarters of twenty minutes each,” he announces.
“This will be ideal from a player development point of view, because we will have an extra two breaks, in which we can give them much more immediate feedback from the previous twenty minute spell.  I think this is a really good idea.”
This coming weekend it will be the Black team which will be turning out in the season’s opener, and in view of the fact that it is a curtain raiser, under previous circumstances competition for places would have been intense.
“We now can ensure that they all get a game as there are no restrictions on the number of players we can use,” Danny enthuses.  “The lads are already aware that consequently there will be a lot of personnel changes throughout the game.
“This will enable some of them to broaden their experience by playing in different positions, which will stand them in good stead for when they get a bit older.”
With the group of players who make up the Red squad being rather sidelined for this particular fixture, Danny is already decided that the next high profile game which comes along will be offered to them.
“It’s important that all the players feel a part of the club, at this level,” Danny insists, because we don’t want to be losing any players because they feel they are being overlooked.”
With so many fundamental changes to the system Danny, understandably and in common with every other teams’ coaches, regards this season as something of a learning curve for himself.
“This is going to challenge our thinking on how we do a lot of things,” he believes.  “it will be a really telling indicator as to how we are doing as a club, at this level, but I absolutely believe that we are in a better position this year than we were this time last year, irrespective of the changes we are facing from the 2017 competition.”
So don’t wait for 1pm to come to the ground, get down a couple of hours earlier and ensure you see for yourself all the work which is being undertaken at Youth level to ensure the supply of talent for future seasons to improve the club at its highest level.

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