RYAN LANNON LEAVES SALFORD RED DEVILS

Ryan Lannon has today left Salford Red Devils to join Halifax Panthers for an undisclosed transfer fee, bringing to an end a remarkable 11-year association with the Club.

The 27-year-old has been part of the set-up for practically his entire playing career and leaves after making 104 appearances for the Red Devils.

He joined the Salford academy as a 15-year-old after coming through the ranks at Wigan amateur rugby league, signing his first part-time contract in December 2012.

After spending time nurturing his skills in the academy, he was handed his first-team debut in April 2015 as a substitute against the Leeds Rhinos.

He went on to make 54 senior appearances during his first stint at the Club – scoring 10 tries. Loans at North Wales Crusaders, Halifax and Oldham followed, before he made a permanent switch to Hull KR in early 2019.

It was not long until he returned to the Club – initially on loan – later the very same year, and made his second debut at home to Castleford Tigers on 21st June, 2019.

Bringing up his century against Toulouse Olympique, Lannon made a further 50 appearances in his second spell, scoring one try.

Lannon was also apart of the group that reached the Betfred Super League Grand Final in 2019 and the Challenge Cup final in 2020.

Bidding a fond farewell to supporters, Lannon has said: “I’ve been at Salford since I was a young kid and part of the set-up for a long while now.

“The support and backing I’ve received over the years has been incredible, and it is something I will always appreciate as take on the next challenge of my career. Stay loud and proud!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “Ryan leaves with all our sincere best wishes.

“He has had a very disrupted pre-season, and as a result, needs to find some confidence and form. The lads and I will be supporting him at Halifax and look forward to seeing him enjoying his rugby and helping them challenge for a spot in Super League.

“He’s a cracking lad who has been a pleasure to coach and I wish him the best of luck going forward!”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would personally like to thank Ryan for the years of commitment and effort in the Red Devils shirt.

“Ryan has been at the club since he was 15 (apart from stint at KR) and he has always been in and around the first-team environment, amassing over 100 first grade career appearances.

“He’s a great character and I wish him well for the next stage of his career – he will be always welcome back to our club!”

The Club would like to thank Ryan for his incredible efforts and wish him the best of luck in his new venture!

SALFORD RED DEVILS 34-10 HALIFAX PANTHERS | FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY 2022

Salford Red Devils retained the Colin Dixon Memorial Trophy this evening with a 34-10 victory over Betfred Championship side Halifax Panthers.

Paul Rowley’s men opened the scoring after six minutes with an impressive bit of link-up play between Ryan Brierley and Ken Sio. Salford worked the ball right with Brierley finding Sio on the wing, who then returned the ball with a neat grubber kick into the in-goal area that Brierley was first to dive on.

Brierley doubled his try tally for the evening just four minutes later after Brodie Croft broke down the middle, weaving through a handful of Halifax players in the process, before kicking the ball towards the right wing for our number 1 to scoop up and stroll over with.

The visitors pulled one back in the 23rd minute through Joe Keyes, who spotted a gap and darted over to the left of the sticks.

Five minutes later, King Vuniyayawa powered through three Halifax players to crash over under the sticks just minutes after coming on.

Half-time: Salford Red Devils 16-4 Halifax Panthers

Halifax started the second forty on the front foot and were boosted when Joe Burgess saw yellow in the 49th minute for a professional foul.

Salford responded well though with another try just two minutes later. Amir Bourouh, who spent a loan spell at Halifax in 2021 during his time at Wigan Warriors, bundled over in the right corner to put Salford back in control of the arm wrestle.

Welsh international Rhys Williams got himself on the scoresheet for Salford 10 minutes later, after some fast hands down the right from his teammates gave him an almost clear route to the try-line.

The last Salford try of the night came courtesy of Matt Costello, who was gifted the ball from Halifax just metres out from their try-line.

The visitors responded just before the hooter with a try in the right corner, scored by James Saltonstall, but it was merely a consolation.

Full-time: Salford Red Devils 32-10 Halifax Panthers

Salford Red Devils: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Costello, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Gerrard, Ackers, Lannon, Wright, Taylor, Johnson, Akauola, Burke, Addy, Vuniyayawa, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Wells, Williams, Escare, Luckley, Bourouh, Stevens.

Halifax Panthers: Martin, Walmsley, Worthington, Arundel, McComb, Jouffret, Keyes, Murray, Wood, Tangata, Kavanagh, Barber, Knowles, Morris, Gwaze, Calcott, Fairbank, Larroyer, Oakley, Garside, Tibbs, Whitton, Saltonstall.

Image credit: Steve McCormick

HALIFAX PANTHERS FRIENDLY ON SALE

Tickets are now on sale for Salford Red Devils’ friendly against Halifax Panthers, on Friday 21st January kick-off 7:30pm.

We host the Betfred Championship side at the The Salford Stadium and this will be a good test for new head coach Paul Rowley, a former Halifax man during his playing career.

Young Salford hooker Amir Bourouh, who recently turned 21, spent time with Halifax during the 2021 season so will be very familiar with the opposition come Friday 21st January.

Only the West stand will be open, with Halifax fans situated on the side closer to the North Stand and Salford fans allocated seats towards the South Stand.

At as little as £10 for an adult ticket, you don’t want to miss this one!

Friday night under the lights returns, and you can show your support of Salford Red Devils in 2022 by purchasing your match ticket HERE.

2022 PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce our pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2022 season.

Preparation for the 2022 campaign will begin on Saturday 15th January against Swinton Lions, kick-off at 2 pm, with our Women’s team playing their first-ever game against Swinton Lionesses on the same day, at 11:45 am, in what promises to be an exciting doubleheader at the The Salford Stadium.

On Friday 21st January, Paul Rowley’s men will host Betfred Championship outfit, Halifax Panthers, a team that our head coach represented for six years during his playing career and the side that our new hooker, Amir Bourouh, spent a spell on loan with during the 2021 season. This clash will kick off at 7:30 pm at the The Salford Stadium.

Our last test of pre-season comes in the form of an away trip to The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday 4th February to play Warrington Wolves, kick-off 7:45 pm, in what will be former club captain Lee Mossop’s testimonial game. Tickets are sold through the Warrington Wolves website, Salford Fans should note the seating arrangements for home and away supporters before purchasing.

Tickets are available now for all three of our pre-season fixtures.

Support of Salford Red Devils by purchasing a 2022 season ticket HERE.

SALFORD SIGN YOUNG HOOKER AMIR BOUROUH

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Wigan Warriors hooker Amir Bourouh on a two-year deal, with the option of a further year.

The 20-year-old made his Betfred Super League debut against Salford in 2019 for Wigan, going on to make 7 appearances for the Warriors before being loaned out to Betfred Championship side Halifax Panthers this year.

Bourouh, who will arrive at Salford at the end of the year, has impressed during his 11 appearances for Halifax, scoring two tries and picking up a Man of the Match award in the Panthers’ 17-16 victory over Widnes Vikings in July.

Speaking on signing for the club, Bourouh said: “I’m really excited to play for the club and in front of the Salford fans.

“After speaking with Richard (Marshall) and Ian (Blease) and seeing their ambition for the future, my decision was easily made.

“I want to challenge myself in the Super League and hopefully contribute to success in years to come.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall, who was head coach at Halifax from 2015 to 2019, said: “Amir is a promising young hooker who I’ve been monitoring for a while. He’s shone during his loan spell at Halifax and after speaking with my connections there, they were very impressed with him and couldn’t speak highly enough of his qualities.

“There was quite a bit of interest in Amir and we are certainly pleased he has chosen us to continue his development. He will work really well with Andy Ackers and I am looking forward to working with him over preseason and beyond.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I was so excited when I watched Amir live this season, more so in a player that I’ve not seen for some time.

“He’s a young gun looking to progress at Super League level but we will look after him the ‘Salford Way’ and let him develop his true potential with us in the long term deal we have agreed.

I can’t wait to start to develop something special at the club with Amir, he’s got it all. We will give him the platform to get to the top.”

Bourouh is the latest addition to Marshall’s squad ahead of the 2022 season, with halfbacks Ata Hingano and Brodie Croft also recently signing for Salford.

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