TEAM NEWS | CUST AND MACDONALD RETURN FOR THE REDS

Star players, Cade Cust and Nene Macdonald are back in the line-up for tonight’s Round 18 clash with Huddersfield Giants.

Halfback, Cust has been missing for almost eight weeks with a calf injury, but is straight back into the starting thirteen in place of Chris Atkin.

Macdonald has only missed the last two with a quad problem, but his presence has certainly been missed in the centres. His inclusion will be a massive boost at the place he scored a stunning solo effort in Round 10.

He replaces Sam Stone, who has picked-up an injury during the week.

New loan signing, Joe Bullock will make his debut from the bench, with Ollie Partington shifting to prop from the start this evening.

Joe Shorrocks comes into loose forward and youngster, Harvey Wilson gets another chance to impress off the interchange bench.

Check out the line-up below and head to social media to give your reaction.

IMPORTANT TICKETING SERVICES UPDATE

An important ticketing update amidst global IT outages.

Due to the ongoing global mass IT outages, ticketing services are being severely impacted.

Supporters travelling to Huddersfield tonight are advised to travel with cash in the event services are not restored.

Cash turnstiles will be operation in all areas barring the Riverside Lower North, and cash will also be accepted at the Giants’ Ticket Office.

Please note food and drink concessions may also be impacted.

This is an ongoing situation and we will keep all updated with any further information we receive.

MATCH PREVIEW – HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 18)

Salford Red Devils travel to the John Smith’s Stadium for the second time in 2024, as the race for playoff rugby cranks up another notch.

Multiple teams are still in contention for a place in the top six, so every single point matters with just 10 games of the regular season remaining.

Paul Rowley’s side will take confidence from our previous meeting with the Giants – a 16-18 victory at the JSS, with Nene Macdonald bagging a brace and Ethan Ryan finishing off a fine team move.

Here’s everything you need to know before this one:


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

As the Giants run a digital ticket only system, they need time to process barcodes, so you can only secure your place directly with us until 4pm today – click HERE to buy.

Thereafter, you will have to buy directly from the John Smith’s Stadium on game day.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.


SQUAD NEWS

Loan signing, Joe Bullock is thrown straight into the mix after training with his new teammates for the first time yesterday morning.

The prop has joined the Club from Warrington Wolves for the remainder of 2024 and will be wearing squad number 31 if selected this Friday.

Loghan Lewis suffered a head knock early into last Saturday’s game, so will sit out this one due to concussion protocols.

There’s also a return for halfback, Cade Cust after a lengthy lay-off.


LAST TIME OUT

With the Giants being one of our loop fixtures, we have actually already made a trip to the John Smith’s in 2024, back in Round 10.

The Red Devils started the contest on the front foot, but it was actually a moment of magic 70 metres from the Huddersfield try line that opened the scoring.

Jake Connor attempted a cut-out pass and Nene Macdonald – with one hand – produced a stunning interception and raced downfield to the jubilant away end.

If you thought that try was good, what followed was even better.

Sneyd, Partington, Watkins, Atkin, Macdonald and then Ryan were all involved in a spectacular team move, from inside our own half, which saw the winger cross to double our lead.

Star centre, Macdonald was on the act again early into the second forty, crashing past the defensive line to score a try which ultimately won the contest.

A late Giants fightback threatened to derail an all-round fantastic performance, but the team held on to claim a vital two points.

Catch the highlights of that encounter by clicking below.


HOW TO WATCH

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Friday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on the Giants.

Coverage is also available on Sky Sports Mix from 19:40pm.

PAUL ROWLEY CONFIRMS SQUAD FOR HUDDERSFIELD TRIP

Paul Rowley has named a 21-man squad for this Friday’s clash with Huddersfield Giants.

After defeat in Perpignan, the Red Devils are looking to bounce back against a team who have recently parted ways with their Head Coach.

The Giants will be desperate to hit a vein of form and keep their playoff hopes alive, so the boys will have to be fully focused on the task at hand.


SQUAD NEWS

Loan signing, Joe Bullock is thrown straight into the mix after training with his new teammates for the first time yesterday morning.

The prop has joined the Club from Warrington Wolves for the remainder of 2024 and will be wearing squad number 31 if selected this Friday.

Loghan Lewis suffered a head knock early into last Saturday’s game, so will sit out this one due to concussion protocols.

There’s also a return for halfback, Cade Cust after a lengthy lay-off.

SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN ESAN MARSTERS FOR 2025

We are delighted to announce the signing of Esan Marsters from Huddersfield Giants for the 2025 Betfred Super League season.

The versatile centre is an exciting addition to Paul Rowley’s squad and will join the club on a three-year deal – confirming his stay until the end of 2027.

Marsters made 86 NRL appearances across stints with West Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, before making a switch to England.

His most successful period during that time was with the Tigers, where he scored 17 tries and kicked 96 goals between 2017-19.

Since arriving in the Betfred Super League, Marsters has continued to show his class and become a vital cog in the Giants team – notching eight tries in his 34 appearances so far.

He has also represented New Zealand and the Cook Islands at international level – including the delayed 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

He becomes our first addition of 2025 and will link up with his new teammates during pre-season.

Speaking ahead of his move, Esan said: “I am really grateful and excited for the opportunity to play for and represent Salford Red Devils over the coming three years.”

“Speaking with Paul Rowley and Krisnan Inu it became clear that our values and attitude towards rugby and community align and I will work tirelessly to earn the trust and respect of my teammates, coaching staff and Red Devils fans who I know play a huge role in the success of the club.”

In reaction to the news, Head Coach, Paul Rowley has said: “In preparation for the 2025 season, Esan is a fantastic addition to the group.

“He adds more strike and versatility to the back line and I am looking forward to seeing him enjoy himself in Salford colours.

“On behalf of everybody at the club, we welcome Esan, whilst also wishing him well for the remainder of the season.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would like to welcome Esan and his family to Salford Red Devils.

“Esan is a very exciting signing for us and I am delighted to get this deal over the line.

“He is an outstanding talent, a perfect fit for this team and someone I know our coaching staff can take to the next level.

“I am sure our supporters will be delighted to hear this news and I personally can not wait to see him in a red shirt next season.”

Everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming Esan and his family ahead of the 2025 campaign.

MATCH REPORT – HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 16-18 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 10)

Salford Red Devils survived a late fightback from Huddersfield Giants to claim a seventh Betfred Super League victory of the season.

Paul Rowley welcomed back prop, Brad Singleton from a two-month injury, with Sam Stone the only other change to the starting 13, in place of Shane Wright.

The Giants began the contest on the front foot and were certainly winning the territory battle. Tui Lolohea was the first to try his luck with a grubber kick, but his effort was far too strong for any Giants player to capitalise.

A knock-on from Ethan Ryan allowed the hosts another full set on the Salford line, but a moment of genius from Nene Macdonald broke the game wide open.

Jake Connor attempted a cut-out pass on the left edge, but Macdonald intercepted and raced almost 80 metres to open the scoring.

A few minutes later, from a scrum, some nice feet from Marc Sneyd and even better hands from Kallum Watkins sent Macdonald rampaging through the Giants line again.

This time he had Ryan in support to collect an offload and race away towards the jubilant Salford faithful behind the sticks.

Ian Watson’s side were stunned, but almost found a route back into the contest via Harry Rushton. His hard carry broke the Salford line, but Ryan Brierley was on-hand to get under the ball and stop the grounding.

Sneyd was starting to pull the strings and forced a couple of drop-outs with his grubber kicks, which were skidding awkwardly along the surface.

From one of the restarts, some nice shape sent Brierley racing through a gap, but the referee blew his whistle and penalised Sam Stone for obstruction.

Just minutes later, Brierley was sent to to sin-bin for a high shot on Esan Marsters.

The start of the second forty was an important period for Salford with a man down, but a big play from Tim Lafai regained possession 30 out from our own line.

Sneyd was the architect of a lovely break down the centre, with Cade Cust also involved and Ryan almost sent racing under the sticks.

Salford kept the pressure on and Macdonald was able to crash over for his second of the night. Sneyd added the extras to extend the lead to 0-18.

A few errors from the restart gifted the Giants a six-again, but young winger, Elliot Wallis dropped a golden opportunity just as the hosts created an overlap.

After a scuffle involving a few players near the touchline, Wallis put his head on Lafai and was shown a red card.

It was actually when down a man where Huddersfield found the most joy.

Gaining territory, looking for a route back into the game, a Giants attacker trying to latch onto a chipped kick was blocked by Chris Atkin.

The halfback was the latest to be shown a yellow card by Tom Grant.

A break on the left side allowed Adam Swift to open the Giants’ account for the evening, with another effort from Lolohea making the scoreline a little tense.

It was even tighter when Jake Bibby went over with 60 seconds to play, but the Red Devils held on for a third consecutive victory, and one which moves them currently joint-top.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Chris Atkin, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Joe Mellor, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Cade Cust, Joe Shorrocks, Gil Dudson, Shane Wright.

Tries: Nene Macdonald (2), Ethan Ryan.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (3/3)

Huddersfield Giants line-up: Jake Connor, Adam Swift, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Elliot Wallis, Tui Lolohea, Adam Clune, Olly Wilson, Adam Milner, Joe Greenwood, Harry Rushtown, Sam Halsall, Luke Yates

Interchanges: Ashton Golding, Matty English, Seb Ikahihifo, Jake Bibby, Hugo Salabio.

Tries: Adam Swift, Tui Lolohea, Jake Bibby.

Conversions: Jake Connor (2/3)

HT: 0-12

TEAM NEWS | SINGLETON RETURNS TO ACTION

Paul Rowley has made two changes to the team who beat Warrington Wolves last Saturday.

One is the return of Brad Singleton at prop, who has been out with a knee injury since our win at St Helens in Round 4.

Sam Stone is also back into the team at second-row after a fortnight’s layoff, with Shane Wright dropping to the interchange bench.

Fresh from signing a new two-year deal, Marc Sneyd is paired by Chris Atkin in the halves.

Check out the line-up below and head to social media to give your reaction:

MATCH PREVIEW – HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 10)

Two of the competition’s most in-form teams go head-to-head in what’s sure to be an intriguing contest at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Salford Red Devils sit just two points from top spot after picking up a sixth Betfred Super League victory of the season last Saturday.

Beating a high-flying Warrington Wolves side will have only boosted the already soaring confidence amongst the squad after a positive start to 2024.

The games are coming thick and fast for Paul Rowley’s men, with a Giants side – who recently progressed to the Challenge Cup semi-final – the next obstacle to overcome.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this one:


SQUAD NEWS

There’s two big returnees to our 21-man travelling squad.

Brad Singleton has made a big impression since arriving at the club in late-2023. His performances have made him a popular figure amongst the supporters and his return from a knee injury will be a massive boost.

Similarly with Chris Hankinson, an off-season signing from Featherstone Rovers, who started his Salford Red Devils career with a spell on the wing.

He scored a brilliant try against Hull KR and was starting to build some real momentum, but a freak training injury stopped him in his tracks.

After a period of rehabilitation, he has been back on the field with the team and is available for selection on Friday.

The two notable absentees are Amir Bourouh and King Vuniyayawa, with the former adhering to concussion protocols after failing a HIA last Saturday.

Check out the full squad below:


LAST TIME OUT

Ken Sio stole the headlines in our last trip to the Giants, as he scored his 100th Betfred Super League try.

With playoff rugby league hanging in the balance, Salford Red Devils knew anything less than a win would all-but end any top six hopes.

The Giants opened the scoring via ex-Red Devil, Jake Bibby, but from that point onwards, Paul Rowley’s team took control.

Ryan Brierley provided the instant response, before Sam Stone’s brace either side of half-time opened a ten-point lead.

Then, the crowning moment for Sio, who raced onto Brodie Croft’s grubber in typical fashion to slam down number 100.

Chris Atkin rounded off the win with a neat team move and secured a huge two points. Click below to revisit the highlights.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Tickets are available HERE until 12pm today.

Thereafter, as the John Smith’s Stadium are operating a digital only system, our ticket office need time to extract barcodes and send them over to be processed, so tickets are now only available via Huddersfield Giants directly.

Make sure to head down to the JSS prior to kick-off to secure your place if not purchased already.


HOW TO WATCH

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Sunday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on the Giants.

Coverage is also available on Sky Sports Arena from 19:40pm.

BRAD SINGLETON AND CHRIS HANKINSON RETURN TO THE 21-MAN SQUAD

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named a 21-man travelling squad to face Huddersfield Giants on Friday.

Last Saturday, a late penalty-try, converted by Marc Sneyd, confirmed a sixth Betfred Super League victory of 2024 and moved Salford Red Devils within two points of top spot.

Two tricky away trips await to start May’s schedule; the first of which sees us travel to take on Ian Watson’s in-form Giants.


SQUAD NEWS

There’s two big returnees to our 21-man travelling squad.

Brad Singleton has made a big impression since arriving at the club in late-2023. His performances have made him a popular figure amongst the supporters and his return from a knee injury will be a massive boost.

Similarly with Chris Hankinson, an off-season signing from Featherstone Rovers, who started his Salford Red Devils career with a spell on the wing.

He scored a brilliant try against Hull KR and was starting to build some real momentum, but a freak training injury stopped him in his tracks.

After a period of rehabilitation, he has been back on the field with the team and is available for selection on Friday.

The two notable absentees are Amir Bourouh and King Vuniyayawa, with the former adhering to concussion protocols after failing a HIA last Saturday.

Check out the full squad below:

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS & LEIGH LEOPARDS AWAY FIXTURES ON SALE NOW

Join the Red Devils on the road in May!

Our two away fixtures against Huddersfield Giants and Leigh Leopards are on sale now, with the former available to purchase as a digital ticket ONLY.

Click HERE to head to our e-ticketing page.

Supporters travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday 3rd May are advised to pre-purchase their tickets, as the Giants now run a cashless operation.

If you are unable to buy directly from the Salford Stadium, or online, please head to the John Smith’s Stadium ticket office, prior to kick-off.

All seating in the away end is unreserved.

Tickets are priced at £22.00 for Adults, £17.00 for Over 65’s and £7 for Junior U17’s. Junior Season Card Holders are priced at £5.00, with Under 5’s and PA’s FOC.

There are also four pairs of Wheelchair & Helper tickets priced at £17.00 and FOC.

Ticket prices are increased by £4 at 12 noon on the day of the game.

Just a week later, Paul Rowley’s side will travel to the Leopards Den, where we’ll take on the Challenge Cup holders for the second time this season.

All the relevant ticket pricing for this fixture, including match day rises can be found on the graph below.

Like the Giants, the Leigh Sports Village is a cashless venue, so we massively encourage supporters to purchase their tickets prior to game day.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.

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