FOSTER: “I’M OVER THE MOON TO BE HERE!”

Matty Foster says he is ‘over the moon’ to be joining Salford Red Devils.

The back-rower will link-up with his new teammates ahead of the 2024 season and becomes our third signing of the window, following Nene Macdonald and Ethan Ryan into the club.

Showing signs of real promise at Saints, Foster will look to continue his development under the guidance of Paul Rowley – someone he credits as a major influence in his decision to make the journey down the M62.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, he said: “I’m over the moon to be here.

“When Rowls approached me it was a real eye-opener to what I could be achieving in Super League next year.”

“With the knocks I’ve had over the last few years, game time is what I want; and after speaking to Rowley, it’s apparent I would get a bit more game time here than I would at Saints, so it just felt right for me to come.”

Over the last few years, Foster has struggled for fitness with a string of nasty injuries, but he is looking to put all that behind him in 2024.

When asked if he feels ready to push-on with his development, the 22-year-old said: “That’s the plan anyway.

“I just want to be back playing. I want to be playing rugby, that’s what I want to do.”

Enjoying a brief loan spell with Swinton Lions at the back-end of 2023, Foster has reintegrated himself back into some match action, but will be hoping for a injury-free pre-season to fully find his rhythm.

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RYAN: “I PRIDE MYSELF ON THE LITTLE EFFORTS!”

New signing, Ethan Ryan has provided an insight into what Salford Red Devils supporters can expect to see from him on the field.

Signing a three-year deal, the 27-year-old will add some serious quality and versatility to Paul Rowley’s squad for 2024 and beyond.

Becoming a real try scoring threat during his time with Bradford Bulls and Hull KR, the Ireland international will be hoping to continue his promising development at the Salford Stadium.

“I pride myself on the little efforts that probably go unnoticed sometimes,” Ryan said, speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel.

“Obviously I can play wing, fullback, so I can add a lot in attack – try scoring and that sort of ability.

“But I think just the little one percenters and helping out the team in little ways that I can all over the field – that’s what you’ll notice from me.”

His stats make for exciting reading.

After scoring 88 tries in just 98 appearances at the Bulls, Ryan notched a further 22 in his four years at KR.

Injuries certainly hampered his last campaign with the Robins, but when asked what environment he needs to play his best rugby, Ryan believes the trust and backing of the coaching staff is vital.

“I think confidence is a big one – I’m a confidence player, I think a lot of people are,” Ryan continued.

“When I feel good and I know I’m backed by the coach, it portrays onto the field.

“I think that’s a big thing, me feeling good and playing good. So, hopefully when I come in – get training with the boys and stuff – when the season comes around, I can demonstrate that!”

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RYAN: “IT’S THE TYPE OF RUGBY I LIKE TO PLAY!”

Ethan Ryan is really excited about his move to Salford Red Devils, citing our style of rugby as a crucial factor in his decision.

The Ireland international has put pen to paper on a three-year deal and joins the club following a successful four-year stint at Hull KR.

After joining the Robins from Bradford Bulls in 2020, Ryan scored 22 tries in 42 appearances and showcased his versatility across the team.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Ryan was asked how it feels to finally get his switch confirmed.

“It sounds exciting,” he said with a grin.

“It’s obviously a bit different now. I’ve been at Hull KR the last four years, but an opportunity come up that I could join the Red Devils and I’ve took that – I can’t wait to get started.”

There will be a reunion for Ryan with Kurt Haggerty, who he played alongside during his time at Bradford.

Now in a role off the pitch, Ryan referenced Salford’s Assistant Coach when asked why – at this stage in his career – he believed this is the right move.

“I met with the club and I’ve known Kurt (Haggerty) for quite a while,” the 27-year-old continued.

“I used to play with him at Bradford and they got in contact with my agent, we had a meeting; and from the outside looking in, I just love how the club play, the style of rugby under Rowls – so that was a big factor.

“I just think it will suit my game a lot. There’s real attacking flair – it’s the type of rugby I like to play, so that’s why I decided to do it!”

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BOUROUH: “HE’S A MASSIVE ROLE MODEL!”

Young hooker, Amir Bourouh has highlighted the importance of Andy Ackers in his development, upon penning a one-year contract extension.

Making 19 appearances during his first two seasons at the club, Bourouh has shown glimpses of what he can offer the team – often called upon in some big games during 2023.

He will now have the opportunity to play his trade in same environment for 12 months further, penning fresh terms to remain at Salford in 2024.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Bourouh said: “Really good to get them (2024 plans) confirmed now.

“I was waiting around to see what I was doing next year – so I am really happy to be staying at Salford.”

One massive bonus for the 22-year-old is that two people already at the club are masters in the position where he is trying to pave his way.

England international, Andy Ackers is one of them and Bourouh says he is the perfect role model for him to work closely alongside.

“I think he’s been massive for me,” he continued.

“I’ve seen him come into the scene in probably a harder way than other hookers in the Super League – so he’s a massive role model and someone to look up to.

“I just need to do everything he’s doing and try to push him and get to the level he’s at now.”

The other – of course – is our Head Coach, Paul Rowley, who played at hooker to a very high standard in his playing days.

Bourouh believes it’s a lot more ‘personal’ for the pair when discussing how he can improve because of that very reason.

He finished: “It’s probably a lot more personal when it’s a position he’s played; so he might be harder on me, more honest and knows what he wants from me a lot more – so it makes my job easier when it comes to speaking to him.”

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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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VUNIYAYAWA: “THERE ARE NO BETTER FANS THAN SALFORD!”

King Vuniyayawa has spoken glowingly about his teammates and the supporters upon penning a two-year contract extension.

The Fijian is locked-in at Salford Stadium until 2025 and will continue his rapid development under the tutelage of Paul Rowley.

Since signing for the club in 2022, the prop has been a valued member of the team and someone the Head Coach has trusted to play long minutes in the forward pack.

A torn pectoral muscle threatened to curtail his 2022 campaign, but a quick recovery was a massive boost in our run to the playoff semi-final.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Vuniyayawa was delighted to confirm his future.

“I feel really honoured,” he began.

“It’s a massive privilege to be signing with this club and doing what I love. I’m very thankful for that and looking forward to building this club up to get what they deserve – and that’s winning trophies.”

It has been clear for some time the ultimate goal of this squad is to win silverware.

The group are so close-nit and the 28-year-old was quick reference the fact when asked what factors swayed his decision to stay for even longer.

“It was hard not to resign. It’s a great bunch of lads to play with; you come into training and it’s fun and that’s what’s you want around the camp,” he continued.

“Coming into work every day you want to enjoy yourself and the lads are great – a major part of why I wanted to stay.”

There was particular praise for the supporters, who he claimed are the ‘best fans in Super League’ when asked what their backing means to him and the team.

“These guys are massive and a big reason why I wanted to resign was because of the fans,” Vuniyayawa stated.

“You enjoy every single game day coming home – even away – they have been massive, incredible and are a vital part to the team – and the club too.

“There’s no better fans in Super League than the Salford fans. I truly believe they’re the best in the comp and I’m really thankful for them for getting me going.

“I just want to thank them for being there game in, game out – they are a vital part of our club!”

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Joey Lussick | “The Club has been amazing”

Joey Lussick gave an exclusive interview to Salford Red Devils TV following his signing for another two seasons at the The Salford Stadium.
Lussick, sponsored by Capricorn Security, discussed his period with the Club throughout The Qualifiers, the reasoning behind his decision to stay at Salford Red Devils and an upcoming pre-season in British winter.
Watch the full interview here:

Willie Poching | “Lot of resilience and character”

Following an important victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the Red Devils opening qualifiers fixture, Assistant Coach Willie Poching feels this will have an impact on his sides confidence.
“It’s been a little while since we’ve won on the bounce – two in a row – so we’re pretty pleased with the start to the Super 8s campaign for us.
“If you’ve been involved in this competition before you understand the importance of trying to get the wins but trying to get them early, so we can’t understate the importance of this win.
“As well as being in the position that we are with only having three home games to pick up an away victory is a big bonus for us. It puts us in a good position confidence wise.
“The guys showed a lot of resilience and character tonight.”
Watch Willie Poching’s full post-match press conference below:

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