WATKINS: “ENJOYING EACH OTHER’S COMPANY”

Skipper, Kallum Watkins says our pre-season training camp in the Algarve will continue to build the strong bond between his Salford Red Devils teammates.

After day one of our warm-weather preparations, the boys are already feeling the effects of some lengthy sessions in the sun and time together in camp.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, the skipper was very impressed with the facilities and knows the benefits a week in the sun will bring.

“We got here yesterday and there was a little bit of rain, but we knew the next morning the sun would be popping out and it’s not let us down,” he began.

“It’s good to be down here and get some of our main objectives done, through the pre-season. The ability to come here at such a world-class facility, world-class place to help us prepare for the season, we’re really grateful for that.

“The boys are all enjoying it and long may that continue over the next five days!”

He continued: “We spend a lot of time during pre-season with the boys, but getting away and getting everyone together is really important to continue that relationship with your teammates.

“Enjoying each other’s company, but also working hard on the training ground because we know the start of the season isn’t far away!”

He finished: “A lot of the clubs have done it through the pre-season, so it’s something we wanted to do, we’ve done everything we can to get here, the club have worked hard to do that and the boys are really enjoying it here.”

To listen to our full interview with the skipper, head to our YouTube channel HERE.

MELLOR: “I’VE GOT A LOT TO GIVE!”

Joe Mellor says he has ‘a lot to give’ after completing a transfer to Salford Red Devils.

The 33-year-old is a natural halfback, but spent the majority of time at hooker during his spell with Leigh Leopards. His experience on the big stage will undoubtably be a huge asset for younger players like Amir Bourouh.

Mellor made 26 appearances for the Betfred Challenge Cup winners last season, but he still feels like there is still a lot to come from him as a player.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot to give still,” he exclusively told our YouTube channel.

“I’m getting older, I know that, but I feel like I’m fit, I’m fast, I’m strong and I know what I’m capable of – so hopefully I can fit into this team nicely.”

Mellor arrives at the Salford Stadium with a huge amount of experience.

When asked whether it’s something he can pass on to our current squad, Mellor said: “Yeah, definitely. I think this is an older squad and so was that Leigh one.

“But last year was great, I achieved a lot and if I could do something like that this year at Salford then I think everyone will be happy.”

Reflecting on Salford’s 2023 season, Mellor goes on to say, from afar, he felt the side were unlucky to not reach the playoffs after some outstanding performances across the campaign.

“I think last year they were so unlucky to miss out in them last couple of games.

“The good thing about Salford is that every time you watch them, you’ve got to be on because they do play different and I think that can spook other teams, and I think the way they play, the way they move the ball – it’s exciting.”

To hear our chat with Joe in full, click HERE to visit our YouTube channel.

MELLOR: “THAT’S WHAT REALLY EXCITES ME ABOUT BEING HERE!”

Joe Mellor believes Paul Rowley’s style of play will really suit his game.

The versatile halfback has put pen to paper on a two-year deal, making the switch from Leigh Leopards, after a successful three-year spell with Adrian Lam’s side.

“I’m excited,” Mellor exclusively told our YouTube channel, “It’s been going on a bit now, so I’m excited to get it all done and start training tomorrow.”

There’s no time to rest for the 33-year-old, who is straight into pre-season work with Rowley’s squad.

Mellor has worked with two members of our coaching staff before – Kurt Haggerty and Krisnan Inu – so he knew a transfer to Salford would be a smooth one.

“I just feel like the way Salford play really suits my game,” he continued.

“I know a lot of the lads who play here already, I’ve played with a lot of them, which is good when you’re coming into a new team – so that’s what really excites me about being here!”

After a very successful time at Widnes Vikings, Mellor’s switch to Leigh has seen him pick-up a Betfred Challenge Cup winners medal in 2023, defeating Hull KR at Wembley Stadium.

A year prior, Mellor was part of the team that earned promotion back to the Betfred Super League, alongside some very familiar faces.

“I spoke to a couple – Adam Sidlow and Andrew Dixon,” Mellor said when asked if he has spoken to any of the current squad about the move.

“I know them well, but I’ve played with both of them. And then there’s the likes of Ryan Brierley, Sam Stone, so some of the squad I’ve played with already, which is nice.”

To hear our full chat with Joe, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.

HANKINSON: “I’M PLAYING MY BEST RUGBY!”

Chris Hankinson thinks he is playing the ‘best rugby’ of his career at this moment in time.

Signing a two-year deal, the 30-year-old has already joined his new teammates for pre-season training, becoming our seventh addition of the off-season.

Hankinson is now a natural centre after his transition from the back-row, making 18 appearances for Featherstone Rovers during 2023, scoring eight tries.

“I like to be known as a bit off-the-cuff,” Hankinson told our YouTube channel during his first interview.

“I take pride in my defence. I think over the last few years, I have really matured as a player and now I’m playing my best rugby, so I like to be putting points in, assisting where I can – but more or less just helping the team.”

After spending time in our youth set-up in the early 2010’s, Hankinson has gone-on to enjoy a long career in professional rugby league, including a spell at his hometown club, Wigan Warriors.

He says it was a time that matured him as player.

“That’s it for me. Moving to a club like Wigan when I did was huge for me, for developing into the player I am now,” he continued.

“It really raised the standards of what I uphold with training, with everything in life now.

“I know I’ve really matured into the person I want to be, but I know there’s still a lot I can give and a lot Rowls can get out of me as well.”

Ever since Paul Rowley became Head Coach, supporters have enjoyed an expansive, excited brand of rugby.

It’s a style of play Hankinson is very excited to be a part of, but also one he has kept a keen eye on at other clubs in recent years.

“To be fair, even at previous clubs, I’ve said: ‘I wish we’d do this’ – seeing how Salford do it,” the centre said.

“They way they play, they can be dangerous from anywhere on the park and I know that’s a big part of Rowls’ DNA, and it was the same a Leigh a number of years ago – it’s always been attractive to me.”

To see our full chat with Chris, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.

HANKINSON: “A BIT OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS!”

Chris Hankinson believes there is a bit of ‘unfinished business’ between himself and Salford Red Devils.

The centre has joined the club where he progressed through the ranks at youth level, before enjoying nearly a decade at various sides across the north of England.

His most recent appearances in the Betfred Super League were for Toulouse Olympique in 2022 where, despite relegation, he was certainly a standout performer.

“It’s a great feeling,” Hankinson told our YouTube channel in his first interview back at the club.

“It has kind of been a full circle, for me. It’s been just short of ten years since I left and now I’m back, but it feels right, a bit of unfinished business.”

One major influence in his decision to join the Red Devils was our Head Coach, someone Hankinson shares a close relationship with.

He has revealed how Rowley was pivotal in his transition from a back-rower to a centre, and says a reuniting with him was on the cards for a while.

“I’ve had a good relationship with Rowls over the past few years and he was the guy who actually made me transition from the second-row, into a centre,” Hankinson continued.

“It has been coming for a few years now and it never really materialised into anything until probably the last 48/72 hours where it became a real possibility.”

It’s not just Rowley who our new addition shares a close bond with. He has shared a dressing room with a lot of our current sqaud; including Marc Sneyd during his spell in the youth set-up.

He said: “I’m still quite close friends with a couple of the boys here.

“I speak to them regularly and I asked – I don’t think they knew why – how’s the environment, how’s the atmosphere and how are they enjoying it – and they’ve only had good things to say.”

To hear our chat with Chris in full, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.

CUST: “IT’S BEEN AN EASY TRANSITION!”

Cade Cust says he has enjoyed his first full week as a Salford Red Devils player.

The Aussie signed for the club after a two-year stint at Wigan Warriors, signing a one-year deal, with the option to extend his stay by a further season.

A powerful halfback, Cust will be hoping to kick-on his career with some regular game time, under the tutelage of Paul Rowley.

Speaking to our YouTube channel, Cust was asked what abilities he will be bringing to the squad during 2024.

“Definitely a running game,” he began.

“I think I’m a powerful six, so hopefully I can play plenty of games, stay on the pitch and get plenty of wins for the club – I’m really looking forward to it.

“One of the main things for me is playing consistent, week in, week out and putting points on the board.”

On his first week as a whole, the 25-year-old said: “It’s been very enjoyable.

“First week is obviously the hardest, so I feel like I’ve fit in really well with the players and the coaching staff.”

Cust has joined a very close-nit group; a bond that’s powered the team to some famous victories over the last 24 months.

“It’s been perfect,” he continued when discussing the group dynamic.

“Everyone has welcomed me and it’s been an easy transition. I knew a few boys from Wigan and a couple of the Aussie’s I get along really well with!”

To hear our full, first interview with Cade, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel – make sure to subscribe.

SHORROCKS: “YOU’LL GET 100% FROM ME, EVERY GAME!”

Joe Shorrocks has described why his transfer to Salford Red Devils is a pivotal one in his career, whilst also providing a preview of what we can expect to see from fellow new addition, Cade Cust.

The 23-year-old has completed a move from Wigan Warriors, on a three-year deal and has already got pre-season preparations underway with his new teammates.

“I think it is a moment where I can kick-on, I need to kick-on,” Shorrocks said to our YouTube channel when asked where he feels his game is at, right now.

“Getting some regular game time in one position will really help me and my progress in my career.”

Shorrocks is a natural loose forward, but is also versatile across a range of positions in the front row.

Perhaps typical of a Paul Rowley player, alongside all that grit and determination, Shorrocks believes he has a bit of skill with ball in hand.

He stated: “I think I bring ball-playing ability in the middle.

“A lot of effort; you’ll get 100% from me, every game, a bit of smarts. Obviously, I need to improve in certain areas, but they’re the main things I think I can bring.”

He’ll now be sharing a dressing room with a few familiar faces. Two of which he consulted when Salford’s interest arrived earlier this month.

“Yeah, I spoke to Cade after he just signed. And then when I was in the process of agreeing a deal, I spoke to Singo on the phone, so I had a few good conversations with them boys.”

On Cust, who penned a one-year deal at the Salford Stadium not long ago, Shorrocks believes he his a player who can make a real difference, in such a crucial position.

“He’s going to bring some organisation.

“He’s got a good kicking game; you need to be smart playing in the halves, so he’ll bring a lot of that – and hopefully some tries!”

To hear our full conversation with Joe, head over to YouTube 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.

MORGAN: “HIS BEST ASSETS ARE PROBABLY THE ONES I NEED TO LEARN.”

Kai Morgan says he can’t wait to pick the brains of fellow halfback, Marc Sneyd in pre-season.

After putting pen to paper on a one-year deal, the 19-year-old sat down with our YouTube channel to discuss his aspirations, what he expects from 2024 and much, much more.

Looking ahead to the season, Morgan believes working in the first-team environment will be a fresh challenge for his young career.

Morgan was the goal-kicker for Leeds Rhinos’ reserves side last season; so, combine that attribute with his preferred position, and there is certainly no better player for him to study than Marc Sneyd.

A two-time Lance Todd Trophy winner, our number seven has been a consistent performer with the boot since his return to the club in 2022.

Morgan believes he needs to mirror all of Sneyd’s best attributes if he is to enjoy a successful career in the Betfred Super League.

“I’m excited,” Morgan began.

“His best assets are probably the ones I need to learn, so hopefully he can improve my game and I get to learn a lot from him.”

Morgan is definitely not here to just make up the numbers – he wants to make an impression.

“Definitely competitive,” he said when asked to describe his skillset.

“I don’t like losing at all and I’m pretty nippy, got a bit of skill in me as well, so hopefully I can show that in pre-season.”

Joining Nene Macdonald, Ethan Ryan and Matty Foster through the doors of the Salford Stadium, this young lad is certainly one to watch in 2024.

Hear our full chat with Kai by heading to our YouTube channel HERE!

MORGAN: “I CAN’T WAIT TO TEST MYSELF!”

Kai Morgan is excited for his new challenge at Salford Red Devils.

The halfback joins the club after successfully progressing through the academy set-up at Leeds Rhinos and will be part of Paul Rowley’s first-team squad during pre-season.

Making the step-up to reserve grade in 2023, Morgan was part of the Rhinos side who beat Salford on the Community Field in mid-July – a game where our Head Coach was in attendance.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, the 19-year-old has revealed that a conversation held that day certainly changed his thinking.

“Rowls has been good with me,” he said.

“I actually spoke to him when I played against the reserves here and he definitely intrigued me to join the club.

“All the lads that I’ve spoken to have said he’s a great bloke, so I can’t wait to work under him!”

It’s a big step-up for Morgan, who has yet to make a senior appearance in his fledgling career.

He says being a part of the first-team environment will be a huge boost for his game and he can’t wait to get into pre-season training with the senior players.

“It’s exciting. It’s definitely a challenge for me and I can’t wait to test myself,” Morgan continued.

“I really like the way they play, so hopefully my game can add to that.

“Being in a full-time environment. I’m still only 19, so I’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a big test for me. I need all I can out of pre-season and hopefully learn from the better players.”

See our full chat with Kai by heading to our YouTube channel HERE!

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