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.

KAI MORGAN SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the signing of Kai Morgan on a one-year deal.

The halfback arrives at the Salford Stadium with a lot of promise and will hope to continue his exciting development under the guidance of Paul Rowley.

He becomes our fourth signing of the window, following Nene Macdonald, Ethan Ryan and Matty Foster into the Salford Stadium.

Beginning his young career at amateur club, Siddal, Morgan joined Leeds Rhinos and progressed through the ranks at youth level.

In 2018, Morgan made his academy debut against Wakefield Trinity, scoring once and kicking seven goals in a 50-4 victory.

Going on to make three further appearances that season, he became a post-covid regular in the set-up and started at halfback in the Rhinos’ 2022 Academy Grand Final success over St Helens.

After making multiple appearances for the reserves last season, Morgan will be making the step-up to first grade rugby league and joining our squad in pre-season.

In reaction to joining the club, Morgan said: “I am really excited to be joining a great club in Salford.

“I can’t wait to get to work, meet all the boys, the coaching staff and get stuck in to make 2024 a good one for us, and the fans!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has also said: “Kai is a very welcome addition to our squad.

“He is a young pivot who I have watched perform consistently well over a decent period of time whilst playing at Leeds.

“He is a terrific young man and everybody at the club is looking forward to working alongside Kai, and supporting him to being his best.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has added: “I am excited to see what Kai can bring to Salford Red Devils in 2024.

“We have watched his development very closely and believe he has what it takes to compete with our first grade group.

“I believe he will be coming into the perfect environment – under the best team of coaching staff – to realise his potential.

“I would like to welcome Kai and his family to the club and look forward to seeing him in action!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to welcome Kai to the club and look forward to seeing him in a red shirt very soon.

Join us in 2024 and see him in action by purchasing your season ticket HERE!

MATTY FOSTER SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the signing of Matty Foster on a one-year deal, with the option to extend by a further season.

The 22-year-old becomes our third signing of the window, joining Ethan Ryan and Nene Macdonald at the Salford Stadium.

Predominately a second-row forward, Foster signed for current world champions, St Helens from his amateur club, Blackbrook and spent time in their scholarship programme.

His talent was quickly spotted on international level, where he received a call-up to represent England U16s and the Lancashire Academy.

Foster actually made his debut for Saints against Salford in 2020, but has since been the victim of some unfortunate injury trouble.

Back-to-back ACL injuries and a broken jaw have temporarily halted his exciting progress, but after getting back to full fitness, Foster enjoyed some game time on loan at Saints’ dual-reg side, Swinton Lions.

He will now be hoping to make an impression on Paul Rowley and his coaching staff when we reconvene for pre-season training.

Upon confirmation of his move, Foster has said: “I am thrilled to get this deal over the line and for the opportunity to play for this great club.

“I have always liked the way Salford play their rugby and once Paul Rowley and I had a chat, it was an easy decision to make.

“I am looking forward to the opportunities and to meeting all the players, staff and fans in 2024!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has also said: “We are delighted that Matty is joining our club.

“He is a very versatile player, which is obviously important within a small squad.

“Everybody who has worked with him – including Kurt, who has previously coached Matty – gives huge praise for his character and commitment to giving everything for the team, which is exactly the type of player we want within our group!”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also added: “I am thrilled to welcome Matty to Salford Red Devils.

“He has had an unfortunate last couple of years with injury, but we are confident he can get back to playing his best rugby at this club.

“Having already represented England at youth level, it is clear he has all the attributes to be a fantastic player and we believe he can realise that potential here.

“I want to welcome Matty and his family to the Red Devils and look forward to working with him in 2024!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to welcome Matty to the club and look forward to seeing him in action very soon.

Join Matty and the rest of the team at the Salford Stadium now by buying your season ticket HERE!

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!”

See our new man in action next season by purchasing your 2024 season ticket HERE.

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!”

Want to see Ethan in action next season? Get your 2024 season ticket now by clicking HERE!

SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN ANDREW DIXON ON A TWO-YEAR DEAL

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Andrew Dixon from Toulouse Olympique, who returns to the Club on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old – born in Manchester – broke through the ranks at St Helens before joining the Red Devils in 2013. During his two-year stint at the Club, Dixon made 37 appearances, winning the Club’s Player of the Year award in 2013 and captaining the side on numerous occasions.

After moving on to Leigh Centurions in 2014, the back-rower won two Championship titles and helped the Club gain promotion back to the Betfred Super League. He has also subsequently enjoyed spells at Toronto Wolfpack – alongside Paul Rowley – and Toulouse Olympique.

Speaking in the wake of his return to the Club, Dixon said: “I’m delighted to have signed for such a progressive club like Salford Red Devils and I’m really looking forward to getting going with this playing group and staff.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley also said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Andrew to the club. He is the consummate professional and a fantastic person who I know without doubt will further enhance our playing culture and provide experience and quality to our team.

“Along with our other recent signings, I know Dicko joins us for the right reasons and is motivated, proud and excited to join the group.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease added: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew back to the Club. It’s clear to see that he is a driven and determined character, who will no doubt add a lot of experience and quality to the current playing squad.

“His experiences with Paul Rowley at Toronto means he will settle into the current style of play really easily and I’m eager to see what he will bring to the table from 2023 and beyond!”

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